Production Possibilities Frontier (PPF) Economics Lesson (Distance Learning!)

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Product Description

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.

The best part is that you can use this entire lesson for distance or digital learning! All resources (except the lesson plan & teacher answer key) come in a printable PDF version AND a Google Slides version. Students just make a copy and they can use all the included resources! This includes practicing PPF graphing skills!

This resource is also a part of this discounted bundle: Foundations & Fundamentals of Economics Unit Bundle

What to Expect:

  • 1 Written Warm Up
  • 1 Warm Up Activity
  • 1 Essential Question
  • Engaging Lecture with Thinking Activities & Think-Pair-Shares throughout (MS PPT, PDF, Google Slides)
  • Student Fill-In Notes for Lecture including Warm Up (PDF, Google Slides)
  • Production Possibilities Frontier Student Practice (PDF, Google Slides)
  • Teacher Answer Key for Student Practice (PDF only)
  • Suggested Lesson Plan (PDF only)

*PPT is editable; student notes & practice are not

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I usually teach this lesson in one 50-minute period.

Note: all Google Drive versions appear in the lesson plans of each individual lesson. As of right now, there is no way to copy a folder in Google so for right now you will need to open the lesson plan and make a copy of each digital resource using the provided links and instructions.

Materials Needed:

  • Class set of included worksheets

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Total Pages
15 PPT slides, 8 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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