ERIC Number: ED238757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
No City Is an Island: The Study of Interdependence.
In this award winning project for incorporating economics study into the curriculum, a fifth grade class studied economic interdependence as it applied to their community (Barling, Arkansas). Class readings of several books dealing with the development of an economic community preceded the students' creation of a mini-Barling with elected officials and regularly scheduled board meetings. Students chose to study four aspects of their community's economic structure: household economics, the business world, financial institutions, and government. Learning activities for each of these topics included: surveying class and community characteristics, analyzing the town's economic sectors, and locating the town's goods and services (household economics); studying retail business, analyzing income, and comparing agriculture, services, and industry (business world); researching the functions of money and banks (finance); and studying social decision making, analyzing the school's organization, examining various types of taxes, and researching the town's budget (government). A variety of strategies such as research projects, bulletin boards, group discussion, and guest lectures was used within each topic. As a culminating activity, students created a filmstrip of a town council meeting. Appendices include a bibliography and copies of classwork. (LP)
Descriptors: Agriculture, Awards, Banking, Budgets, Business, City Government, Community Characteristics, Community Planning, Community Study, Economic Factors, Economics Education, Entrepreneurship, Grade 5, Income, Intermediate Grades, Learning Activities, Local Issues, Monetary Systems, Program Descriptions, Resources, School Community Relationship, Specialization, Taxes, Teacher Developed Materials, Units of Study
National Depository for Economic Education Awards, Milner 184, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61761 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Arkansas (Barling); Interdependence
Note: Paper prepared at Barling Elementary School for the International Paper Company Foundation's 19th Annual National Awards Program for the Teaching of Economics (1980-1981).