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Imagine your students are stuck on an island and they must make some pretty tough choices: build a shelter or gather some fruit. Their time is scarce, so they must divide their time wisely. As a one-person economy, they’ve got to produce at maximum capacity to survive. This is the opening activity I use in this lesson on the production possibilities frontier. You see, my philosophy is that students learn best when their interest level is high and their engagement is maximized. In this lesson, you’ll find engaging ways of keeping your students interested in learning about the PPF as well as practice to reinforce the material.
This lesson will teach your students all about the production possibilities frontier and why scarcity forces tradeoffs in economies. They’ll also learn about the important role of opportunity cost. I use this as my third content lesson of the semester. Along with an interactive lecture, I've included an engaging activity, think-pair-shares, and critical thinking opportunities throughout the lesson.
What to Expect:
I usually teach this lesson in one 50-minute period.
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