ERIC Number: ED241363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Busy as a Bee in an Economic Community: A Year Long Study for First Graders in Economics.
Davis, Myra Gaylene
This year-long economics project helped first graders from a low-income area recognize and see themselves as participants in an economic world. Students studied their community to learn about the different types of work people do, goods and services, problems of scarcity, the necessity for rules and goals, the use of natural resources, the dependence of growth on economic needs and wants, the community marketplace, methods of exchange, income, and government services. Students participated in many different kinds of activities. A few examples follow. Students toured the school to see what goods and services were produced by school workers. Parents visited the classroom and told the children about their work. To learn how communities are made up of many types of people who work, produce, distribute, and consume goods, the students studied bees. They read books and poems about bees, role played a bee community, and took a field trip to a bee keeper. Students bartered in Santa's Swap Shop, formed an assembly line to produce stone soup, and earned and lost play money for good or bad behavior in class. Pre- and posttests revealed a gain in the children's economic knowledge. (RM)
Descriptors: Awards, Community Services, Community Study, Course Descriptions, Economics Education, Grade 1, Income, Learning Activities, Natural Resources, Occupations, Primary Education, Teacher Developed Materials
National Depository for Economic Education Awards, Milner 184, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61761 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Barter; Economic Awareness; Economic Growth; Economic Influences
Note: Paper prepared at North Elementary School, Jonesboro, AR, for the International Paper Company Foundation's 19th Annual National Awards Program for the Teaching of Economics (1980-81). For related documents, see ED 238 745-747, ED 238 749-762, and ED 239 934-937. Photographs and examples of student work may not reproduce clearly.