I'm excited to be starting a new unit this week - Economics. So, I thought I would share some of my favorite read-alouds to use during this unit.
The Big Green Pocketbook is a wonderfully, quick read-aloud that is great for reinforcing goods and services. A little girl begins her day of running errands with her mom by bringing along her big, green, EMPTY pocketbook. At each stop, the little girl collects items to go inside of her pocketbook. But, at each stop, WE have a discussion about if that place provides a GOOD or a SERVICE for the community.
Oh, Arthur! Who doesn't love that aardvark? And, this is one of my favorites. Arthur wants to get a dog, but first he has to prove to his parents that he is responsible. He does this by starting his own business of taking care of other people's pets.
I've never actually read this chapter book to my class, but I'm excited to give it a try during this unit. It's about a brother and sister who have a "lemonade war" to see who can make the most money the last week of summer before school starts. Each chapter begins with an economics definition such as "underselling: pricing the same goods for less than the competition," which will be a great opportunity to have curriculum-based discussions.
Have you read this book to your students before? Did they love it? There are several other books in this series, so I'm hoping it's a winner and we can read them all.
What are your favorite read-alouds for economics?