Students will be able to distinguish between people who produce goods and people who provide services to a community.


Goods, Services


  • Distinguish between people who produce goods and people who provide services.
  • Be able to identify and describe different jobs that people do in their roles as producers in the economy.
  • Identify the jobs people do in a community.



 Have the students identify goods and services by identifying what each job or person provides in this interactive activity they will then decide, in a later interactive, what or who provides a good or service.


  • Drag-n-Drop:  This interactive quizzes students understanding of the connections between goods and services and those who provide them.
  • Drag-n-Drop Number 2:  This interactive allows students to identify if certain occupations provide goods or services.
  • Drag-N-Drop
  • Interactive Quiz:  This EconEdLink quiz tests students understanding of the Goods and Services lesson.
    Multiple Choice
  • Drag-n-Drop Number 3:  This EconEdLink drag-n-drop helps students to better understand the goods and services lesson.
  • Possible assessment activity found at the following Goods and Services Web site:
  • A Day in the Life of a Dairy Farm:  This page provides a summary of work to be done on dairy farms.
  • Virtual Farm:  This site provides virtual farm trips to help students better understand agriculture.
  • The Story of Milk:  This site provides information related to the production of milk and what it is used for.
  • FiremanFrom the public or school library, provide picture books available for kids to look at. During a shared reading session, they should then discuss the goods and services produced by different people/jobs to make a community work.
  • Contact city hall and get a list of speakers that could come in and talk about their jobs. Include some who provide a service and some who work to provide goods.


Have the students click and drag the people who provide the services and those who provide the goods. Have the students click here for this interactive activity.

Following this activity have the students draw a picture of a job they would like to have when they grow up. Have them display the picture and explain what they think the job would be like.

Put the children into small groups. Have each group decide on two or three jobs they could pantomime for the class. Groups can take turns pantomiming their jobs while the other children guess the jobs they are acting out.

Have the children play the "I Have a Job" riddle game. Using small index cards use the jobs listed plus any others that pertain to the area that you live in and have them select a job card from the pile of cards. Then have students take turns reciting job riddles for their classmates to solve. Example "I have a job. I help to put out fires in burning buildings. I drive a big red truck. I wear a helmet and heavy coat to protect me from getting burned. I use a hose and water in my job. What job do I have?"

Following are a few examples.

Construction Worker: I have a job., I drive huge trucks full of dirt and rocks, and you see me out along the highway working on the roads. I wear a bright orange-and-lime colored vest so no one will accidentally hit me. Sometimes I drive big machines, too.

Doctor: I help to take care of people who are sick. They will come to me in my office and sometimes I will come to see them in the hospital if they need special hospital care.


The students can do a fun matching activity by clicking here Have the students drag the picture of the service each one provides to the good that is made or grown. They should also write one sentence telling about each picture.

The students can visit a Goods and Services Web site and take the quiz found on that site.



Survey: Students will then need to choose the kind of work that they might like to do when they grow up. Enter their responses into a form or graph that would calculate their response as well as the rest of the students in the class. If possible, use a bar graph or pictograph indicating what the response to this survey are.


Invite community helpers into the classroom. Ask them to use visuals including any special clothing, tools, or equipment that they would use in their jobs.Veges

  • Helpers that children enjoy learning about include:
    vets, police officers, fire fighters, bankers, doctors, nurses, teachers, ambulance drivers, and pilots.
  • Also invite people in that provide a good. Your choice of speakers will depend upon your community. If it isn't feasible to have producers of goods visit your classroom, you may be able to use a virtual substitute by having your students watch a video or vist a Web site.
  • Example: Farmer: bring in samples of seeds and then the plant right before it is harvested or fully mature. Students are interested in seeing a kernel of corn that comes from a full ear of corn.

You could also have the students visit the following Web sites:

If you live in an area where there is a factory. Invite a representative from the factory to visit your classroom. Ask the representative in advance whether the factory can supply a video of its products, illustrating the production process from start to finish.

Have a Career Day in your school. Have each teacher contact one person, inviting him or her to come in and discuss his or her career with the students. Divide the students in groups and have them rotate and listen to several speakers. Then they should come back together and report on what they learned about the speakers and what they provide for the community.


  • “Good example of a lesson.”

    Canzada Bray, Texas Tech   POSTED ON January 3, 2007

  • “My students enjoyed interacting within the different sites. I thought that the interactive quiz was a good tool to use to measure student understanding.”

    E. Lopez, Falton, TX   POSTED ON February 2, 2007

  • “What a fabulous site! The activities will enrich my inquiry-based approach immensely. Great assessment tools provided. Thank you.”

    N. Harris, NSW, Australlia   POSTED ON February 11, 2007

  • “After reading this lesson plan, I realize that this is not just one lesson. I would make this into a mini unit of lessons. The interactive sites are great practice for the children to have with goods and services and they love to be on the computers. However, depending on what grade level and the reading levels of your students, please make sure that their reading levels are high enough to get an accurate assessment of their true knowledge. I think that there are many great ideas in this lesson but I would split them up. I think younger children would really enjoy the riddle game, the interactive computer time, and the group work. One time I also taught a lesson with goods and services and the students used magazines to find pictures of goods and services. The children loved this as well.”

    Stephanie M.   POSTED ON February 18, 2008

  • “This lesson has good content, some interactive activities, and a lot of text. Audio and visuals are helpful too!”

    Amber B.   POSTED ON February 21, 2008

  • “I think this website is very good. If you are learning about goods and services than you should come to this fun site.”

    Kiara   POSTED ON April 20, 2008

  • “This lesson is great!”

    Jonathon, Las Vegas, NV   POSTED ON March 28, 2009

  • “I use this lesson with my students and they love it!”

    Rhode, Herndon, VA   POSTED ON October 22, 2009

  • “Interesting Stuff!”

    Gregg Clayton, Somers Point, NJ   POSTED ON March 14, 2010

  • “This was a great lesson. I enjoyed using your wikis for my own first graders. They worked together on them to help each other out. It was fun.”

    Catherine P., Las Vegas, NV   POSTED ON April 26, 2010

  • “I thought it was fun to learn, and great all around!”

    Elijah O., Franklin, IN   POSTED ON January 31, 2012

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