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If you Give a Mouse a Cookie
Source: EcEdWeb | Type: Lesson
A little mouse shows up at a young man's house. The young man gives the mouse a cookie and starts a chain of events. Learn about unlimited wants, and goods and services.
- Economics 1: Scarcity
- Economics 3: Allocation of Goods and Services
This is one of those lessons that takes few materials, not much time, contains a big fun factor, and teaches some major concepts. The primary students get a kick out of the fact that the mouse really does a good job of going through one good and/or service after another.
However, when the book is introduced to older students they quickly comprehend the concept of cause and effect. The grasp of this concept is invaluable when students start making connections concerning historical events, current events, and economic consequences. (I used this lesson with sixth graders when they had completed an assignment in much less time than anticipated.)
This is a lesson that well-encompasses several different areas in one, between the economic concepts presented to the literature standards met, and ideas that can be applied to every subject, like cause and effect. The lesson is set up well, and requires little prep time, which makes it a good lesson to have on hand for the times you need a little bit of filler to flesh out a lesson or assignment.
Everyone needs to learn the concept of "cause and effect." This lesson provides a good background to help reinforce this concept in kids' minds.