Lessons on Concept 'Division of Labor' for 6-8
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Henry Ford and the Model T: A Case Study in Productivity
Grade 6-8, 9-12 / EconEdLink: This three-part learning unit provides students with the story of Henry Ford and the Model T from an economics perspective. Parts 1 and 2 explore how the Ford Motor Company successfully introduced mass production strategies to the auto industry. Students learn how specialization and investments in capital (machines, people, etc.) increased productivity and allowed Ford to slash the price of his popular vehicle. Students also explore how Henry Ford used economic incentives to address a problem created by mass production techniquesworker turnover. An optional Part 3 explains how increased productivity resulted in shifts in the supply and demand for the Model T. Students analyze how a variety of non-price determinants continue to influence the automobile market today.
Lean on Me - We Depend on Each Other
Grade 6-8 / EconEdLink: The purpose of this activity is to demonstrate that the production of most goods can be broken down into a number of specific tasks (division of labor), with each of these tasks assigned to specific workers (specialization.)