ERIC Number: ED170185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Master Curriculum Guide in Economics for the Nation's Schools. Part II, Strategies for Teaching Economics. Intermediate Level (Grades 4-6).
Joint Council on Economic Education, New York, NY.
This guide contains concept based lessons and activities in economics for use with students in grades 4-6. One component of a two-part publication, the guide demonstrates how the conceptual structure of the economics discipline presented in the first publication (ED 148 648) can be used to help students at the intermediate grade level make more effective economic decisions. By selecting lessons to supplement existing courses or texts, teachers will be able to upgrade the quantity and quality of economics instruction. The concepts taught are: scarcity, costs, property and economic systems, demand and supply, competition versus monopoly, money and banking, and inflation and deflation. Part One, which comprises about half of the publication, contains 16 classroom tested lessons. Most of the activities include group interaction and discussion, involving students in simulations and role playing situations. Each lesson contains a description of concepts to be taught, a rationale, objectives, specific teaching procedures, students materials, followup activities, and evaluation questions. Part two contains three units of study involving students in organizing a company, producing a product, and selling it to demanders; analyzing and critiquing economic commentaries made by political cartoonists; and building a town in the days of the Gold Rush. The third part of the guide describes an experience-based instructional system called Systems: The Mini-Society. In this activity students create their own society and make economic decisions the consequences of which affect their lives. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Banking, Class Activities, Concept Teaching, Consumer Economics, Curriculum Guides, Decision Making Skills, Economics, Economics Education, Elementary Education, Instructional Materials, Intermediate Grades, Lesson Plans, Role Playing, Simulation, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Units of Study
Joint Council on Economic Education, 1212 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036 ($5.00, paper cover)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Joint Council on Economic Education, New York, NY.
Note: For related documents, see ED 148 648 and SO 011 369 ; Some parts may be marginally legible