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This is an economics lesson about services in our community
Title – Services in our Community
By – Courtney
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Grade Level – 2
TEKS: (2.9) Economics.
- The student understands the importance of work. The student is expected to:
- (A) Explain how work provides income to purchase goods and services
- (B) Explain the choices people in the United States’ free enterprise system can make about earning, spending, and saving money, and where to live and to work.
- The student will be able to:
- 1. Understand the meaning of the word tax
- 2. Explain how taxes are used to pay for services provided by the community
- 3. Explain how many workers in our community have things in common
List of Materials needed:
- 1. Tax definition
- 2. white paper
- 3. markers or crayons
- On the board should be written: doctor, plumber, barber, teacher, bus driver, and librarian.
- The students need to stay in their own (clear) desks.
- Consequences: Move clips,
- Rewards: No homework that day.
- I will ask two random students what their parents do for work. Then I will talk about how their parents contribute to our community.
- 1. Introduction
- 2. I will have the student take turns reading the story in their school History book.
- 3. After a couple pages, I will ask the students:
Are teachers the only workers in our school? Who are some other workers that provide services in our school? Who pays taxes? How do taxes help us?
- 4. I will have them continue reading their stories and then I will ask:
Why do you think many service workers wear a special uniform? If you could be a service worker which one would you be? Why? What do you and your family depend on your community for? What do you depend on your family for?
- 5. Hand out a plain piece of paper and instruct them to get out markers or crayons.
- 6. Tell them to write about a random community worker (what their job is, what their uniform looks like, etc.) on the right side of their page.
- 7. After that, have them draw and color a picture of that community worker, on the left side of their paper.
- 8. Closure
- Have a few students present their drawings. Then ask students:
What people provide protection and help you when you get hurt? Why is it good that we have taxes?
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