ERIC Number: ED315359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Play Dough Economics: Motivating Activities for Teaching Economics to Elementary and Middle School Students.
Day, Harlan R.
Economic literacy is important because economics is such an integral part of daily existence. Individuals who understand basic economic concepts will be better equipped to make the important decisions that effective citizenship requires. The 15 economics lessons in this booklet are designed for elementary and middle school students. Each lesson introduces an economic concept such as: goods and services; production; scarcity; consumers; producers; trade; money; specialization; capital; saving and investing; market price; costs and profits; inflation; and Gross National Product. The unique feature of these lessons is the use of modeling clay in each lesson. This is not only motivating, but also provides concrete learning experiences that promote learning for most elementary and middle school students. The lessons are primarily activity-oriented simulations that stress an inductive approach to learning. The lessons are best taught sequentially as a complete unit of instruction, but may be used individually to supplement other economics curriculum materials. There are two similar multiple choice tests that accompany the lessons. One test covers lessons 1-9 and has a somewhat easier vocabulary than the second test, which covers all 15 lessons but is divided into two parts, one covering lessons 1-9 and the other lessons 10-15. A key to the answers is provided. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Dept. of Education, Indianapolis. Center for School Improvement and Performance.