ERIC Number: ED247150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Lifestyles: Past, Present, Future. A Unit to Integrate Economics in the Junior High Classroom.
Hyler, Eric; Hyler, Linda
Designed as a 4-9 week cumulative unit on economics for junior high school classes, this award-winning program introduces students to the economic bases of past, present, and future American lifestyles. Following introductory information on the authors, rationale, and objectives, a suggested 6-week lesson plan is presented designed to help teachers organize activities and materials. This is followed by a list of 7 enrichment activities and 16 student projects that provide opportunities for applying knowledge learned through the unit. The remainder of the material contains lessons and student activities. Examples of activities are: differentiating between luxury and necessity, acquiring vocabulary, examining how times have changed, comparing inflation in three time periods, discovering economic implications in words to songs, and exploring one's town. The focal point of the unit is a computer game, "The Budget Balance Challenge," which provides students with a simulated experience of economic living in our society. Students learn to recognize and re-evaluate wants, make economic trade-offs, and understand how personal values and habits influence the economic framework of society. Teacher answer keys are provided for all relevant activities. An appendix contains answer keys and additional activities. (LP)
Descriptors: Budgets, Community Study, Computer Assisted Instruction, Consumer Education, Costs, Economic Factors, Economics Education, Futures (of Society), History, Income, Inflation (Economics), Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Junior High Schools, Learning Activities, Life Style, Money Management, Simulation, 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; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Perry Middle School. Paper prepared for the International Paper Company Foundation's 20th Annual National Awards Program for the Teaching of Economics (1981-1982). For related documents, see ED 239 934-937 and ED 238 749-762.