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Lessons on Concept 'Specialization' for 6-8

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Nebraska Does Business with the World: Lesson 3 in Nebraska and the World
Grade 6-8 / UNL Center for Econ Ed: This activity looks at the extensive connections between Nebraska and the international economy using recent census results.

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 techniques—worker 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.)

The Colonial Workers Web: Lesson 11
Grade 6-8 / EconFun: Students will participate in an activity to explore how workers, both today and in colonial times, worked within their societies to produce specialized goods and services and became interdependent. Lesson 11 from Adventures in Economics and U.S. History, Volume 1.

Nebraska's Role in U.S. Exports: Lesson 2 in Nebraska and the World
Grade 6-8 / UNL Center for Econ Ed: Nebraska, like other states, is always looking for ways to increase its wealth. One way to expand Nebraska markets is to increase the number of products exported by Nebraska businesses. This activity will look at what role Nebraska plays in international trade. Students will also find out what types of businesses are engaged in exporting, what kinds of products are shipped overseas, and to what countries.

Limiting trade**
Grade 6-8, 9-12 / CEE: Students learn about various types of trade restrictions and their effects by applying a model to determine who will benefit and who will be hurt by a tariff. Lesson 6 from Focus on Economics: Geography, ©Council for Economic Education.

Why Nations Trade**
Grade 6-8, 9-12 / CEE: After discussing the concept of comparative advantage, students in small groups engage in a simulation on the economic costs and benefits of trade. Lesson 3 from Focus on Economics: Geography, ©Council for Economic Education.

Nebraska and the World (PDF)
Grade 6-12 / A resource guide and ten lessons for teachers focusing on the role of international trade in state development in Nebraska. by Tammie Fischer and Mary Lynn Reiser.
©UNL Center for Economic Education.