October 4

posted Oct 4, 2011, 5:39 AM by Peter Knowles
Economics Standard
2.1 Understand that people have to make choices between wants and needs and evaluate the outcomes of those choices
Day # 23Date:  October 4, 2011Social Studies Standards  
Vocabulary Terms
Target Question
How do people use an abundance of resources or skills to get what they do not have?WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will understand how abundant resources allow cultures to trade for what they don't haveWHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will become familiar with the economic terms abundance by discussing the terms and providing examples. HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
InstructionsYesterday you learned a little bit about the Principles of Economic Reasoning, and considered how these principles might have played a role in humans moving from hunting and gathering societies to settling into agricultural communities.

Today you'll focus on how successful agriculture and valuable natural resources allowed trade to develop and cultures to become mobile again, leading to increased interaction among people of different regions and backgrounds. 

Open the African Kingdoms template from the Google Docs template gallery. Working alone, or with a partner, complete the chart using information from your text. When finished, share the document with Mr. Knowles. Be prepared for a quiz on the material tomorrow. 

As you finish the assignment, consider the following questions:
  1. How did trade change in the culture within the kingdoms? 
  2. How did kingdoms use their abundant resources to meet their needs? 
  3. What were the costs and consequences of their economic choices?
HOMEWORK--20 MINUTES: Complete the African Kingdoms assignment if you haven't already done so. If you have, do some research on other trade routes (see extension section below)
ThenSTEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO


REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative AssessmentBe prepared for a quiz on the African Kingdoms material tomorrow. HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative Assessment

DUE 10/7
Our next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
How have people's economic choices in history created consequences for later generations? 
Start thinking about examples you learned about today. They will come in handy when you need to write about them later.
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
ExtensionWhat other trade routes were established to help societies use their abundance to get what they wanted or needed? 
Learn about the History of Trade in general, or about the trade between East Africa and Asia (pgs 104-105 in your text), the Silk Road, the revival of Medieval Trade (pgs 134-135 in your text), or trade among early cultures of the Americas
WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE  ASSESSMENT, OR WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TODAY'S TOPICS
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