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Lessons on Concept 'Barter/Trade' for K-5

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Every Penny Counts
Grade 2 / EconEdLink: Follow two stories of Josh and then see if you can make the smart spending decision by comparing prices. Everyone must choose.

Saturday Sancocho
Grade 2-3 / St. Louis FR Bank: In this lesson, students listen to a story and answer questions about a family in Central or South America that barters to get the ingredients for chicken sancocho, a kind of stew. The students complete sentences that record the various trades carried out by the family to obtain all of the ingredients for the sancocho. They participate in a trading activity where they barter with each other to get the ingredients needed to make chicken sancocho and learn about the difficulties associated with barter. They use money in a second round of the trading activity to learn about money's advantages over barter.

I Have No Money; Will you Take Wampam?
Grade 3-5 / EconEdLink: Through the use of folk tales, history, and the students' own experiences, students will recognize the inter-relatedness of goods, services, money. They will locate information about barter as a means of trade, use folk tales as an historical instrument.

Jobs: Who Needs 'Em?
Grade 3-5 / EconEdLink: In this lesson students will look at the importance having some kind of job, at the consequences of having a job, having a non-paying job (like a stay-at-home mom), and having no job (whether it's intentional or not).