How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World Lesson for Grades 1-3

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World book cover

Teach capital goods, natural resources, and trade using the book “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.”

In this lesson, students listen to a story about a little girl who wants to make an apple pie. When she finds the market closed, she travels around the world gathering natural resources to make the pie. Students will follow along with the story by connecting each natural resource to its country of origin and pointing out those places on a globe or world map. They will also identify the capital goods used to transform the natural resources into ingredients by examining the pictures from the book. Students will take part in two rounds of a trading activity, collecting the ingredients required for vanilla ice cream to go along with the apple pie. They will learn about trade and how middlemen, such as grocery stores, help make trade easier.


Students will

  • be able to define capital goods, middlemen, natural resources, and trade;
  • explain how middlemen make trading easier; and
  • recognize that natural resources and capital goods are used to make goods and services.

This lesson plan is designed for teaching grades 1, 2, and 3.

Book written by Marjorie Priceman / ISBN: 978-0-679-88083-7.

This book is available on Bookshare for free to schools and students with reading barriers.


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