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K–12 teaching and learning · from the UNC School of Education

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We’re in the process of aligning our content for students to the Standard Course of Study. As we do, you’ll find it here.

General resources

Aligned lesson plans

Turning back the wheel of time
This lesson is the second in a two-lesson unit. It follows Let's get moving! Students work in groups to create a product describing the changes in transportation from the past to the present. Students also review vocabulary related to logistics.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Social Studies)
By Diane Ireland.
To market we will go
In a market simulation, students will experience the roles of producers and consumers. The crafts in this market may be easily tied in with winter multicultural holidays (Christmas, Kwaanza, Hanukkah, Hmong New Year, Las Posadas, etc.) Students can purchase gifts for their family members at the market.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 and 4 English Language Development and Social Studies)
By Ellen Douglas and Melissa Park.
Let's get moving!
In this lesson, students explore supply chains through a mystery bag activity. This lesson is the first in a two-lesson unit. The lesson that follows is Turning back the wheel of time.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Social Studies)
By Diane Ireland.

Resources on the web

What is competition?
Students understand what businesses are and that a marketplace exists whenever buyers and sellers exchange goods and services. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–3 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Council on Economic Education
We are consumers and producers
Students learn how they and family members fulfill the roles of producers and consumers at home and in their community. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Council on Economic Education
Vincent van Gogh's "Flower Beds in Holland"
Students gain an understanding of opportunity costs. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Council on Economic Education
To market to market
Students will participate in a marketplace simulation by role-playing producers and consumers. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Council on Economic Education
Simple Simon meets a producer
Students learn what consumers and producers do. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Council on Economic Education
The rhythm of rice production
In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the importance of rice in Asian communities. They then learn about the "rhythm" of rice production as they are introduced to its growing cycle. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
A Pet for Beans from 'Jack and the Beanstalk'
Students learn about trading through a discussion of “Jack and the Beanstalk.” (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Council on Economic Education
Native American cultures across the U.S.
Students discuss the differences between five Native American tribes within the U.S. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Endowment for the Humanities
Mystery workers
Students review the concepts of goods, services, and producers. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Council on Economic Education
The Little Red Hen
“The Little Red Hen” is a classic story for nearly all adults, and many children. In this lesson from EconEdLink, it is retold and enhanced in order to provide a framework for illustrating and reviewing the concepts of productive resources and... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–5 Social Studies)
Provided by: EconEdLink
Little Bill the producer!
After watching the video and completing an activity about producers, they produce their own books about Little Bill, Alice the Great, or Dr. King. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Council on Economic Education
Geographic groceries
Students explore the regions of their grocery store to see which foods hang out together and why. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–7 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Every penny counts
Students will learn about choice as consumers. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Council on Economic Education
Country mouse makes a decision!
Students will make a cost/benefit chart showing their understanding of the differences between costs and benefits, based on the story “Country Mouse and Town Mouse.” (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Council on Economic Education
Costs and Benefits of 'The Three Little Pigs'
Students identify the costs and benefits of decision making as they look at positive and negative outcomes of different decisions. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Council on Economic Education
Communities - What They Provide for Us
Students learn that a job is work people do to earn a living. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Council on Economic Education
Build your community
Students identify businesses that provide goods and services desirable to people in most communities. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Council on Economic Education