Students will be able to distinguish between people who produce goods and people who provide services to a community.
In the book, Peppe the Lamplighter, by Elisa Bartone, Peppe and his family moved to America to pursue the American Dream. His mother has passed away, his father is ill, and all the children need to find work to help provide for basic essentials. Peppe is excited to find a job, only to be told by his dad that his new job is not important or a job he should be proud of. This lesson will challenge students to consider specialists in the community and the valuable goods and services they provide. They will also participate in an activity that will allow them to learn the concept of interdependence and how it satisfies economic wants.
A classic rhyme, Simple Simon and the Pie-Man, introduces students to the concepts of consumer and producer. Students learn that consumers are the people who buy and use goods and services. Producers make the goods and provide the services. When producers are working, they often use goods and services provided by other producers. These goods and services are called resources. An interactive activity helps students distinguish between consumers and producers. In a second activity, the students match producers with the resources needed to provide goods and services. A suggested follow-up lesson is We are Consumers and Producers which examines how students and their families function as consumers and producers in their homes and communities.
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This publication contains 16 stories that complement the K-2 Student Storybook. Specific to grades K-2 are a variety of activities, including making coins out of salt dough or cookie dough; a song that teaches students about opportunity cost and decisions; and a game in which students learn the importance of savings.
7 out of 18 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.
Designed primarily for elementary and middle school students, each of the 15 lessons in this guide introduces an economics concept through activities with modeling clay.
1 out of 17 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.