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Adventures in Economics and U.S. History

 This book contains fifteen hands-on lessons including topics such as:  Indian economies, the resources of the Pilgrims, the Virginia Company as an investment, the role of trade, comparison of the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies, colonial money, a study of the economic opportunities of women, slaves, artisans, farmers, and large landowners in colonial times.  Many of the lessons are based on children’s literature, including books by popular writers such as Jean Fritz and Don Hall.  All lessons include handouts and activities such as games, simulations or songs. (138 pages)  Grades 4-8

 This book contains sixteen hands-on lessons including topics such as:  exploring the economic relationship between the colonies and England; looking at the trade-offs made in writing the Constitution; exploring the role of Eli Whitney’s invention in the spread of cotton plantations across the South; study of the demand for cotton created by the manufacturing North; the Gettysburg Address and a cost-benefit analysis of the Civil War; decision-making of those who chose to be pioneers; and the movement from an agricultural society to an urban society.  Many of the lessons are based on children’s literature including book by such popular writers as Jean Fritz, Deborah Hopkinson, and Peter and Connie Roop.  All lessons include reproducible handouts as well as games, simulations or songs. (152 pages)  Grades 4-8

 This book contains sixteen hands-on lessons including topics such as: the incentives of immigrants; the costs and benefits of industrialization; the unintended consequences of prohibition; the costs of the Stock Market Crash of 1929; costs of bank failures of the Great Depression; the unemployed in the Great Depression; families in the Dust Bowl; migrant workers with Cesar Chavez; Martin Luther King and civil rights; globalization and why people trade; plus lessons about people such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosie the Riveter, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Madam C.J. Walker. All of the lessons have literature links, reproducible handouts as well as games, simulations or songs. (169 pages) Grades 4-8

 


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