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.
Students will identify positive and negative economic incentives used in their communities to encourage people to make CHOICES beneficial to the community. Students will recognize that not all incentives convince all people, since people have different views and values.
To get started, the students will read Lyddie, a novel by Katherine Paterson. The novel is set mainly in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1840s. In Lowell the main character, 13-year-old Lyddie Worthen, works six days a week, from dawn until dusk, running weaving looms in a murky dust-and lintfilled factory, trying to save enough money to reunite her family. In reading and discussing this fine novel, the students examine basic economic concepts and explore the growth of labor unions and the role of government in a market economy. Lyddie is published by Puffin Books and is available at Amazon.com. It is also available in DVD video format and may be purchased on line at Circuit City, DVD Empire.com and Overstock.com.
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This publication contains 15 lessons that complement the 3-5 Student Workbook. Specific to grades 3-5 are a variety of activities, including a guessing game using clues to identify various occupations; the story Urban Mouse and Rural Mouse which teaches students about entrepreneurs and opportunity recognition; and a role-playing activity in which students learn which method of payment is appropriate in a variety of situations.
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