Middle school lessons

Middle school economics lessons

Lessons 1 & 2: Give And Take
Concepts: opportunity cost, alternatives, trade-offs, problem solving, charts, graphs, calculators.
From Focus: Middle School Economics

Lesson: “The Giver”: Jonas Makes a Choice
Concepts: Alternative, Benefit, Choice, Cost/Benefit Analysis, Costs, Decision Making, Incentive, Opportunity Cost, Scarcity
From: EconEdLink.org

Lesson: How Has the Constitution Shaped the Economic System In The United States?
Concepts: economics, civics, private property, free enterprise, choice, self-interest motive, competition, markets, prices, role of government
From Focus on Economics: Civics and Government

Lesson: What Are the Economic Functions Of Government?
Concepts:  economics, civics, economic functions of government
From Focus on Economics: Civics and Government

Lesson: The Colonial Worker’s Web
Concepts: goods, services, producers, consumers, self-sufficiency,
specialization, interdependence, barter

Lesson:  Why Nations Trade
Concepts: economics, geography, opportunity cost, absolute advantage, comparative advantage, specialization, terms of trade
From Focus on Economics: Geography

Lesson: Limiting Trade
Concepts: economics, geography, tariffs, quotas, embargoes, licensing requirements, standards (health and safety), subsidies, infant industry, strategic industry, exports, imports, terms of trade
From Focus on Economics: Geography

Lesson: Places and Production
Concepts: economics, geography, gross domestic product (GDP), choropleth map, measure of value, double counting, final goods and services, flow of product, consumer spending
From Focus on Economics: Geography

Lesson: Middle School — Building Credit
Concepts: credit, credit rating, credit score, decision-making, personal finance
From: CompareCards.com

Lesson: What Is a Stock? or Who Owns McDonalds?
Concepts: economize, ownership, profit, risk, social studies, language arts
From Learning for the Market: Integrating the Stock Market Game Across the Curriculum

Lesson: Homer Price (The Doughnuts) (Grades4-6)
Concepts: capital resources, increasing productivity, law of demand, quantity demanded, language arts
From Economics and Children’s Literature

Lesson: The Real McCoy (Grades 4-6)
Concepts: increasing productivity, patent, language arts
From Economics and Children’s Literature

Lesson: My Side of the Mountain (Grades 6-8)
Concepts: Human Capital, Investment in human capital
From: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis http://www.stlouisfed.org/education_resources/assets/lesson_plans/MySideMountain.pdf

Lesson: Ten Mile Day (Grades 5-8)
Concepts: Capital goods, Division of labor, Human capital, Incentives, Productivity
From: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louishttp://www.stlouisfed.org/education_resources/assets/lesson_plans/TenMileDay.pdf

Lesson: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement: They Wanted More Than the Vote (Grades: 6-8)
Concepts: Economic Freedom, Choice, Costs, Unemployment Incentives, Opportunity Cost
From: Adventures in Economics and U.S. History, Volume 3 (EconFun)

Lesson collection: Personal Finance Education for Children (Grades 3-6)
Concepts: Personal Finance, Budgeting, Saving, Investing, Comparison Shopping
From: Incharge.org

Good summary and collection: Free Online Economic Resources for Kids
From: answers.com

A set of resources for teaching the Stock Market Game:

Finally, a K-12 lesson list: