Students have been hard at work learning about community helpers and businesses that offer goods and services. With Mrs. Hartley's help, they learned how to use Google Earth to locate local businesses such as Willow's, Dairy Queen and the Maine Mall and then classified them as either providing a good or a service. They had a great time exploring this app and even got the chance to look up their own home addresses! This lesson supported an economics learning target: students understand that money is earned and used to buy goods and services.
In addition, they learned about community helpers - people who work or volunteer to help others within a community. After brainstorming a lengthy list (which included crossing guards, paramedics, garbage collectors and farmers), they created All-Star trading cards for six community helpers and wrote their job descriptions on the back. This lesson helped students understand the rights and responsibilities of various leadership roles in the school and community (a civics and government learning target). Both of these activities were great opportunities to follow up on last week's Junior Achievement lesson about government services and paying taxes.