Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building Lesson for Grades 3-5

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In this lesson, students learn about human resources, productivity, human capital, and physical capital. They participate in three rounds of a reasoning activity. From round to round they receive training and tools to help them improve their reasoning ability and thus increase their productivity. Students will then listen to a story about how the Empire State Building was built and identify examples of key concepts mentioned or shown in the book.

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This lesson plan is designed for teaching grades 3, 4, and 5.

Book written by Deborah Hopkinson / ISBN: 978-0-375-86541-1. This book is available in print and electronic format.


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Audience:   Elementary School
Language:   English
Subjects:   Literature, Economics
Resource Types:   Lessons, SMART/Promethean/Whiteboard, STEM
Concepts:   Physical Capital, Factors of Production/Productive Resources, Human Capital, Productivity
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