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Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression Lesson for Grades 2-4

Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression book cover

After reading and discussing a story about a family during the Great Depression, students differentiate between goods, services, barter, and money. Students are led through several rounds of a barter activity that incorporates math skills. Through this activity, students learn about the difficulties of using barter to satisfy wants.

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This lesson plan is designed for teaching grades 2, 3, and 4.

Book written by Kate Lied / ISBN: 0-7922-6946-2. This book is in print and available.


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Audience:   Elementary School
Language:   English
Subjects:   Literature, History, Economics
Resource Types:   Lessons
Concepts:   Trade/International Trade, Money, Wants, Consumers/Producers, Great Depression, Income