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Infusing economics lessons with creativity, critical thinking, and straight up fun is one of my favorite things to do. Every year my students come alive as they imagine a scenario where the zombie apocalypse has finally happened, and out of this ruin they are tasked with building a new economy. I laugh walking around listening to my students figure out how to build infrastructure that will protect them from the zombies while figuring out how to not run out of scarce resources. This lesson is honestly one of my favorites! And it’s not just me- students come back year after year remembering this lesson and that warms my teacher heart.
This lesson will teach your students about the main economic goals and types of economies in an interactive lecture. Then students will create their own post-apocalyptic economies by working in small groups to answer a series of questions divided by topic. Finally, they will trade with another group’s economy to learn about the benefits of trade. This activity reviews the foundational concepts of economics, including factors of production, incentives, types of economies, the production possibilities frontier, and more! For this lesson, along with lecture notes, I've included think-pair-shares and critical thinking opportunities throughout the lesson.
This resource is also a part of this discounted bundle: Foundations & Fundamentals of Economics Unit Bundle
What to Expect:
I usually teach this lesson in one 90-minute class period.
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