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Unit 3, Lesson 4: Going to the Store (pp. 76-79)
The Big Idea
Framework Concept: Scarcity Students explore basic economic principles by
developing ideas relating to a store.
- Display Big Book page 15 and read the poem on page 77. Label one piece of chart
paper What People Needed Long Ago; label another paper What People Need Today.
Have children brainstorm lists of items that people bought in a general store
long ago and items people buy in supermarkets today. Discuss the similarities
and the differences. Both the general store and the modern supermarket have food
items and other household goods. However, some of those items are different (calico,
rubber boots, sarsaparilla). Point out that people make choices when they go to a store.
They decide how much money to spend on food and other items.
Check for Understanding
- Have groups of students make and perform a skit that takes place in the store
center. Give them ideas for the skit, such as a family shopping for a birthday
feast; two brothers shopping for a surprise dinner for their mom; etc.
- Have students draw the inside of a store of today or of long ago,
showing some items that are the same and some that are different.
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