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You Decide!
Source: Council for Economic Education (EconEdLink) | Type: Lesson

Think about a difficult decision you have had to make. After you decided did it work out? Why or why not? Why do you think decisions and choices are hard to make? We make personal decisions and we make decisions as groups. There is a tool you can use to improve your decision making that will help you reach a better outcome.

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A Timely Lesson in Wanting Too Much!    January 23, 2010
By: Adams, D
This lesson is very timely in today's society. It seems wants and needs are confused by kids. This lesson helps them determine which is which not only in money matters, but in what's important in other areas of life. If you can get kids accustomed to using the P.A.C.E.D. DECISION MODEL, they can apply it in all sorts of areas in their lives. The worksheets are too difficult for third graders, but the fourth to sixth graders would do very well with all the concepts here. I am not sure that outfitting a classroom will engage children, but it provides some work with technology which is great. The background information will help a novice in using economic terms as well as remind the experienced economic teacher what background knowledge to review when using the model. I found this lesson to be a must when teaching wants and needs. The information on opportunity costs could be expanded a bit more, especially if the concept is a new one to students. I would add some activities that help students find the opportunity costs in their decision-making everyday. An example would be what to wear in the morning, or which shoes to wear that day. Showing that decisions are something we all do everyday. This lesson could be adapted to the younger third graders up to the higher grades of fifth or even sixth easily enough. Great lesson!!


 

Great Lesson    September 20, 2011
By: Shaffer, D
Having the students work together is great and teaching them the PACED decision making, can help them later. This is a grid that can be used anytime.
 

Review from EconEdLink.org July 5, 2007
By: Nancy Jones
Clear, concise instructions with internet infusion into the lesson plan. I like it!
 

Review from EconEdLink.org March 1, 2008
By: Shantala
This was excellent. Very clear and precise.
 

Review from EconEdLink.org January 23, 2010
By: Deanna Adams
I thought the lesson was thorough and explored all aspects of the P.A.C.E.D. model. I liked the conclusion where you tell the students that the more you use the model, the more familiar with it they become. They will begin to use this decision model in lots of other ways as well. I thought the activities were geared for upper 4th and 5th graders. All handouts are good but geared for 4th and up. I could even use this lesson with middle school kids. This is a very timely lesson.
 

Review from EconEdLink.org February 11, 2014
By: ashley H.
This is a great lesson. It is very clear and it really would get the students to think.