Elementary School Lesson Plans: Trade

Elementary School Lesson Plans: Trade

These resources are appropriate for grade levels 3rd, 4th and 5th.
Lesson Plans:


  1. "On the Road Again": Moving People, Products, and Ideas
    In this lesson students learn to identify modes of transportation and communication for moving people, products, and ideas from place to place. Students also learn the advantages and disadvantages of different modes of transportation. This lesson investigates ways in which global interdependence is altering traditional trade patterns, and encourages students to speculate on future world economic development.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit  National Geographic.



  2. Where Do Your Belongings Come From?
    This lesson asks students to figure out where their belongings came from and to consider the reasons why many items are imported from other countries. They will list the locations of origin for the items they use on a typical morning. Students will conclude by researching the export industries of an East Asian country and writing paragraphs describing this country's exports to the United States.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit  National Geographic.



  3. I Have No Money, Would You Take Wampum?
    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 and use folk tales as an historical instrument.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit  EconEdLink.



  4. Culture and the Corporation: Exploring How Companies Adapt to Foreign Marketplaces
    In this lesson, students will examine how Disney learned from past experience to adapt its business plan for a new cultural environment. They then research the culture of a foreign country and develop their own plan for introducing a new company there.

    Time needed for lesson plan: 1-2 hours

    To link to the actual lesson plan, please visit  EconEdLink.







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