The Bead Game

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What better way to learn about different economic systems than to participate in them? An engaging bead game highlights the differences between market, command, and traditional economies. In small groups, 6th graders work through three rounds of activities, making exchanges and answering questions about their experiences. 

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CCSS: Designed
Classroom Considerations
  • Designed for sixth grade, this lesson can easily be adapted for use in higher grade levels
  • Includes all necessary supporting materials
  • Provides an extension activity that explores the economic systems in different countries around the world
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Common Core