This product covers the economic concepts of scarcity, opportunity cost, producers, consumers, goods & services. It includes graphic organizers strategies from "Making Thinking Visible" by Church, Ritchart, and Morrison. These metacognitive strategies are used as comprehension checks throughout the activities. There are "Teacher Talk" directions for each activity!
Students organize a dismantled organizer to represent what economics are all about. This includes 6 colored 8 1/2 X 11" posters (& black and white duplicates) and six mini-poster cards that match the posters. The mini-poster cards are what the students organize. There are colored and black and white copies included.
Activity 2: Students reflect on their knowledge of economics, pre, during, and post unit using a "Making Thinking Visible" 3-2-1 strategy organizer. This is in black and white. Some filled out examples are included.
Activity 3: Students sort 24 numbered colored pictures (each 1/4 of an 8 1/2 x 11" page) into various categories like producers vs. consumers, goods vs. services, and human resources vs. capital resources vs. natural resources. Students record their thinking on two different graphic organizer sorting sheets. They orally defend their thinking. All photos are in color. The sorting sheets are black and white masters.
Activity 4: Students choose one of the 24 numbered photos and focus in more closely. They complete a second "Making Thinking Visible" strategy organizer: See, Think, and Wonder. They do this using social studies vocabulary. This is black and white.
Activity 5: Students complete a picture dictionary throughout the activities. There are two differentiated levels for this: The first one only includes the vocabulary word so the student needs to write the definition and draw a picture. The second version includes the vocabulary word and definition. The student only needs to draw a picture when using the second version. These are in black and white.
This product has been successfully used with third, fourth AND fifth graders!