Sunday, January 27, 2013

Social Studies - Economics

Our classroom has transformed temporarily into Gingerbreadville, a community filled with adorable landmarks and citizens who are consuming and producing goods and services. Thank you to our wonderful classroom families for providing the yummy treats and for volunteering time to help make this social studies project possible for our students.
This project ties into first grade economics - the understanding that people are producers and consumers in a community; and, that people trade to obtain the goods and services they want and need.  Our delicious smelling Gingerbreadville community is the setting in which the children are applying their understanding of these concepts.












Resources for Economics Lessons:

Link for interactive components and worksheets:  

 Link for Promethean Planet 1st Grade Economics

Link for Ohio Social Studies Standards for 1st Grade Document

18 comments:

  1. Hello! I happened across your blog tonight, and just want to thank you for sharing these wonderful resources! They will really help my third graders understand the concepts of goods/services and consumers/producers. Thank you so much!
    Can't Make This Stuff Up...

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    1. Heather, I'm glad these activities will work for your third graders! It's a very difficult concept for first graders. I hope your school year is going well!

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  2. I would love to hear more about how your Gingerbreadville works! I love the printouts, but how do they "interact" with your gingerbread community? Do you assign the students jobs? Do they have to trade goods to build their structures? How does it work?
    Thanks in advance!

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    1. EStinnett, we had a great time creating skits about consumers and producers. Based on their gingerbread house designs, students chose roles for the skits. They created paper props (goods, money, name tags, etc.,) to go along with roles. The class was divided into several communities and students in their small-groups acted out interactions between consumers/producers. For example, we had a mail man who delivered mail (goods/services meet needs) and a person who owned a pet shop (exchange money to purchase goods.)

      Your question about trading goods to build structures would be an awesome approach for this project. I'd love to give that a try some time!

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  3. Thank you for these great resources.

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  4. Erica, that is a great idea to have answer sheets! I don't have one for now, but I'll put one together. Thank you!

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  5. These will be great to use as I introduce my social studies unit on economics to my third grade class!!
    Thank you for sharing and having such a wonderful blog!

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  6. How do you use your consumers/producers worksheet (the worksheet that says "What do you produce?" and the worksheet that says "What do you consume?")

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    1. Students choose six activities from the worksheet with the choice of 8 activities to cut/glue onto that page. I hope that helps!

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  7. These resources are just what I need for my second graders. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Did you get a chance to add an answer sheet to those? I was somewhat confused on which were the answers to the "I am a producer" page. Great resources! Thanks!

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    1. Dear Unknown, in regards to the "I am a producer" page: All 8 are correct answers for that page. There are 5 services listed - vacuum, clean, litter, dishes, take care of pets and there are 3 examples of goods listed - lemonade, cards and vegetables. A producer is defined as the provider of goods or services that are used by consumers. I sincerely hope that answers your question and if not, I would love to hear from you.

      In case you're interested, this is a link to a wonderful resource for economics lessons. I'm wondering if the interactive components or worksheets might work for your class: http://www.econedlink.org/teacher-lesson/464/

      Also, this is a link for an interactive lesson from Promethean Planet for first grade economics: http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-us/Resources/Item/142753/first-grade-economics-consumers-and-producers#.V9hsNfkrK1s

      Finally, this is the link to an Ohio (where I work) Social Studies Standards for 1st Grade document: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4WOnhcQb7m8bFhHaFI0cFlPeHM/view?usp=sharing

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    2. The above links are also listed in the post.

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