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Economics & Entrepreneurship

Poverty & Wealth

Students will examine poverty, government and private systems to help those in poverty, and strategies to get out of poverty. Explore the driving question: How might we bridge the gap between poverty and wealth in our community?

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Recommended Timeframe: 2-3 months

In this unit, students will be exploring poverty, government and private systems to help those in poverty, and strategies to get out of poverty. They will be exploring various definitions of wealth as well as how people choose to apply their wealth. Students will study both child and adult employment in their own community. Finally students will participate in a global application of the labor laws and become teachers to the community.

Key Topics

  • Plan and design a Community Impact Project
  • Read Lawn Boy & Better Than a Lemonade Stand
  • Define poverty and reflect on its presence in your life
  • Identify social services available to help those in poverty
  • Define wealth and reflect on its presence in your life
  • Create a sculpture representing wealth inequalities
  • Analyze household grocery store spending
  • Write a plan for your own business
  • Apply graphic design principles to create a business card
  • Explore how adults earn and spend money in your community
  • Investigate global raw material extraction and its impact on communities
  • Examine child labor in your community
  • Take part in “World Day Against Child Labor” efforts of the United Nations