Monday, March 11, 2013

Economics 101 (Why Buy the Cow If You Can Get FREEBIES?!)

Aaah, the week before spring break.  We have sprung forward, so now it's staying light longer.  We had a really beautiful weekend with lots of warm sunshine and were able to get outside.  It was really great.  Things are looking up.
For this last week of winter at school, we will be learning about economics.  I remember when I began teaching first, I thought economics . . . you've got to be kidding me.  But in the end, it's really not that bad.
We talk about needs and wants, consumers and producers, goods and services, as well as spend and save.  We do a good deal of picture sorting to practice most concepts.  If you would like a free copy of my goods and services sort, you can click on the picture below.  The clip art if from Scrappin Doodles.
Speaking of picture sorts, I also really like using this set of photo cards when we learn about economics.  I bought them from Lakeshore years ago and they still have them.  They are really good for whole group sorting activities using the pocket chart.
I'm sure you love children's lit as much as I do.  Here are a few of the books I will use for read aloud during our study of economics.  You can get any of these titles through Amazon.  
If you would like a little literature response to go with Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday or Bunny Money, your sweeties can make these Money Wise and Money Foolish signs.  You can question them if the characters are making wise or foolish money choices and they will hold up the appropriate sign.
Click on the picture below if you would like a free copy of these signs.  The file includes a color and a black line option.  The clip art is from Melonheadz. 
Check the pout.  That my friends has been around since  A  was born.  We always know exactly how she feels.
Anyway, I hope some of this stuff can be of use to you.  Email me with any questions.


  1. Thanks a bunch for sharing. This is exactly what I was looking for. The money wise and foolish will work perfectly when it comes time to purchase items for our movie night.

  2. Amazing lesson plan, thanks for sharing!