Economics beautifully integrates with Native Americans...the different resources, needs and wants, goods and services, bartering, scarcity...it's the perfect opportunity to integrate across social studies objectives and bring learning to life in your classroom!
First we had a class discussion on the relationship between economics academic vocabulary and the Powhatan, Lakota, and Pueblo. Students used a Tree Map to organize this information (included in product).
After that, students used their Tree Map as a reference to create a Native American good or service...students used construction paper to make jewelry, buffalo skin, a feather game, bows and arrows, teepees, pottery, corn, etc.
The next day they bartered their goods and services in exchange for goods and services from each other. This simulation was such a hit that my entire class stayed during lunch to continue working and eating. Following the simulation, they completed a reflection on bartering and scarcity (included in product) and a resource sort (included in product). Both of these tasks were great ways to hold students accountable for participating in the simulation and gauge their learning.
This product is aligned with Virginia's 2nd Grade Social Studies Standards of Learning 2.2 (compare lives of Powhatan, Pueblo, and Lakota), 2.4 (understand relationship between environment and culture), 2.7 (describe natural, capital, and human resources), 2.8 (distinguish between use of barter and use of money), and 2.9 (explain scarcity).
This product includes Economics in the Native American Regions Tree Map, Economic Simulation Reflection, Economic Resource Sort, photos of students, and samples of student work.