Students work in groups of five or six to complete specific tasks to satisfy their basic wants and needs. Each groups has a limited number of resources and lack some of the items required to complete the task. This activity teaches students about scarcity, trade, specialization, efficiency, and innovation.
Teachers prep work is required to prepare envelopes of several materials for each group.
Materials needed: Construction paper, glue sticks, rulers, pen, pencil, paper clips, and scissors.
Note: The simulation does not call for each student to have one of each material!