Very young students will be able to make a cost/benefit chart for the Country Mouse after hearing the classic story.
This activity provides a fun way to explore concept of economic decision making. In the lesson, students are given a limited number of “tokens” and asked to exchange those tokens for goods in preparation for pioneering in a new land. They are then asked to identify what they have left behind and give reasons for their choices. Finally, they are asked to identify the costs and benefits and the opportunity costs of their choices.
When choosing a place to put their money, people consider how safe there money will be, how easy it is to access, and whether it will earn more money. Students explore how well different savings places achieve these objectives. Students learn that people who don’t want to carry money with them or keep it at home often choose to put their money in a savings account at a bank or credit union. These financial institutions protect money from theft and other losses. They also pay interest on money deposited. This lesson works well as a follow-up to the ABCs of Saving.
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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.
11 out of 18 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.
Created specifically for middle school mathematics teachers, this publication shows how mathematics concepts and knowledge can be used to develop economic and personal financial understandings.
1 out of 2 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.