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Seas,Trees, and Economies (Grades 5-8)

Integrate Science and Economics in this workshop.

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University of Lynchburg Center for Economic Education

May 29, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Pittsylvania County
Pittsylvania County,
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In-Service: Pittsylvania County Schools
Grade Level: Grade 5, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 2

The lessons in Seas, Trees, and Economies describe how the environment and the economy jointly provide us with goods and services. This session will equip teachers with tools that students need to recognize fundamental trade-offs, to explain how and why choices are made, and to explain how people can make better choices regarding the use of natural resources and the disposal of wastes that production and consumption unavoidably create. Each lesson teaches fundamental economic concepts such as scarcity, resources, goods and services, opportunity cost, trade-offs, value, price, and incentives. Most lessons employ simulations and other hands-on activities engaging students in the learning process and providing experiences to help them discover why things happen as they do. It is hoped that these lessons will not only develop a greater appreciation of the role of the natural environment in providing satisfaction for people, but also a deeper understanding of how the economy works to ensure that result.


Instructor: Rebecca Booth, Director
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Rebecca Booth, Director
Center for Economic Education
University of Lynchburg

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