Goods, Services, Producers, and Consumers

Students learn about goods, services, producers, and consumers, and analyze images to identify them in real scenarios through an image analysis activity.

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Goods and Services the Government Provides

Students explore the goods and services the local government provides and discuss the importance of various services. They identify evidence of various government departments through an image investigation.

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Supply and Demand

Students watch a short video and read Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins to consider the economic concept of supply and demand as well as other economic concepts.

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Volunteers in Communities

Students explore the importance of volunteerism in a community and read Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown. They brainstorm the volunteers in their own community and write thank you cards expressing gratitude for the volunteers’ contributions.

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Knowledge, Skills, and Supplies (Checkpoint Assessment)

Through this Essential Question, students have explored the ways producers in communities fill wants and needs, as well as various economic concepts. This final lesson may be used as a checkpoint assessment of cumulative learning throughout this Essential Question. Here, students consider what’s needed to be successful community producers, learning and applying new concepts (knowledge, skills, and supplies needed by a producer) and finally complete a Community Producers Content Check to demonstrate their learning throughout the Essential Question.

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Meeting Needs and Wants

Essential Question

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How do community producers meet our needs and wants?

Students explore how different producers meet community needs and wants. They act as community producers, imagining the good or service they'll provide, what they'll need to provide it, and how supply and demand will affect their choices.

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