Economics is a hard concept for me, let alone my 7 year olds! So each year our second grade hosts what we call “Itty Bitty City”.
It is the culmination of our Economics unit and it’s a BLAST!
This can easily be tweaked for your use! Each classroom decides on a good to sell and a service to provide. We invite the younger grade levels.
This file provides ideas and resources to get your city up and running!
List of store ideas
Store signs in color and b/w that students can decorate
Money/checks for shoppers to use for "purchases"
Lots of pictures to go with explanations
Generic parent letter for volunteers
Generic donations letter
Plus optional assessments:
>Pictures of businesses for students to list goods and services that may be provided
>"Monsters at work" thinking posters. Students are given just the little monster working. They must design the workplace around him.
>Magazine craft for students to create their own store and add goods they would sell to the storefront
>Reflection booklet for students to fill out after the project. Includes "know your role" form on their job role, "goods vs services" what each classroom's goods and services were (if done as a grade level), "at your service" rating sheet
See my blog post about our project
Since this is intended as a grade level project,YOU MAY purchase and share within your grade level. However, sharing with other schools or districts is prohibited. Thank you!