Economics and Geography Activity
Students research products imported from Europe and use a map to show the
routes the products might have followed to reach this country.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Imported products or product wrappings
- Large world maps
- Pins or sticky notes
- Small outlines of world maps
- Highlighter pens in different colors
WHAT TO DO
- To demonstrate that commerce is worldwide, take a field trip to a store that
carries imported products (such as a supermarket). Have students look for
products that come from Europe. Suggest that student partners focus on one
product (such as Dutch chocolate, English tea, or perfume from France), and
examine its packaging to note exactly where it was manufactured.
- In class, have students locate on a large world map the sources of the
various products they are tracking, and mark those places with sticky notes or
labels attached with pins. They may need to use an atlas to pinpoint exact
- Distribute outlines of maps of Europe and of
the world and have partners highlight on
them a shipping route (or routes) their product might have followed to reach
this country. Have them label such geographical features as canals, rivers, and
ports in Europe, using an atlas for details.
- Have partners complete the maps by highlighting a delivery route to their
city or town from a U.S. port.
Before making the field trip, you may want to call on a local grocery
distributor for more information or invite that person to come in and speak to
the class about importing.
Display packaging of imported products. Have students note the use of different
languages on packaging of products shipped around the world. Discuss the
advantages to the producers of having text in various languages. Then have
students use the world map to show where those languages are spoken.
Suggest that students examine an almanac to learn what kind of information it
provides about imports to the United States from Europe. Students can make an
oral or written report on the information they found in the almanac.
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