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 [http://??] which examines how students and their families function as consumers and producers in their homes and communities.
Students will give examples of human resources that are producers, and identify goods and services produced by workers.
There are many ways for people to get money. One way most people get money is by earning it. This lesson introduces students to work activities that grown-ups do to earn money. Students also explore tasks they might do at home to earn money. They discover their choices are influenced by factors such as how much they will be paid, the amount of effort involved, job availability, and whether they will enjoy the work. Optional discussion questions introduce the human resources people need to get hired and do a job. A conceptual understanding of goods and services before this lesson is helpful.
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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.
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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.
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This interdisciplinary curriculum guide helps teachers introduce their students to economics using popular children's stories.
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