Get your students out of their seats and engaged in learning with this fun QR code activity. The purpose of this activity is to show students that economics is already present and active in their everyday lives. No prior knowledge of any of these concepts is needed in order to complete this activity. This assignment can be used at the beginning of an economics course to introduce students to some of the basic concepts and terms that will be covered in most economics courses, while allowing students to move around and use technology.
Print the included QR codes and post them around the school or the classroom. Students then work individually, in pairs, or in groups to scan the codes with their smartphones or tablets and complete the assignment. These QR codes come up as plain text, so there is no need for an internet connection. This packet provides QR codes for 20 different questions and gives tips on how best to implement this activity in your classroom.
• Teacher instructions and implementation tips
• Teacher summary with questions, QR codes, and answers
• Full and half-page printable QR codes for posting on walls, etc.
• Editable student worksheet with place for teachers or students to enter location clues (optional)
Post the question QR codes in various places around the school. When scanned, each code will reveal a question that needs to be answered. Give students a list of the places where the codes are posted. For example, post a code somewhere in the media center, but do not give them the exact location of the code. Your students must go to the media center and search for the code. Once they find the code, they must scan it to reveal a question that must be answered. Students can work in groups and the first group to return with all of their members and the correct answers wins a reward.
Post the question QR codes in your classroom. When scanned, each code will reveal a question that needs to be answered. Allow students to move around the room and scan codes to reveal the questions they must answer.
• Wants vs. needs
• Goods and services
• Microeconomics and macroeconomics
• Types of businesses
• Federal Reserve
• Government services
• International trade
• Exchange rates
• Spending, saving, and investing
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