Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mentor Text Linky {4.28.13}

Today we are linking up with Collaboration Cuties for their Mentor Text Linky.  This week the theme is Social Studies.  One of our favorite Social Studies units is Economics.  We use nonfiction text for this unit, but we have some favorite fiction books as well. One of them is....




Have you ever read this story?  It is about a boy that gets several dollars from his grandparents.  He originally wants to save it to buy a special toy...but then he ends up spending his money on little things along the way (like bubblegum).  It is cute story that helps the students see that spending money frivolously makes it difficult to get the big ticket items they are wishing for.

Our Economics Unit in our store has many great hands on activities to teach various Economics concepts; needs/wants, goods/services, division of labor, and quality vs. quantity. Below is a freebie from our Economics Unit that would be great to use after reading Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday.  

CHECK OUT OUR FREEBIE by clicking below
(font by Learning Tree and Graphic by Ginger Snaps):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4oqs3dO-goOaXNVUVBzOW4yTWc/view?usp=sharing

CHECK OUT OUR ECONOMICS UNIT by clicking below
(one of our best sellers in our store):

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Economics-in-the-Primary-Grades
Click HERE to link to a previous blog post that shows this Economics Unit in action in our classrooms (you'll have to scroll down a little bit)!

Enjoy your Sunday!


18 comments:

  1. This is such a cute book. I remember reading it as a kid, but I never thought about using it for economics. Thanks for sharing.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

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    1. Just love the Alexander books! Our kiddos like to see how he spends his money! :)

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  2. Great choice. I had never thought of using this book in this way! Great idea!
    Creating Lifelong Learners

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    1. We use the other book, Alexander and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for writing lessons. Our kiddos love them.

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  3. I love Alexander Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday,I use it when teaching money. I love all the Alexander books, actually I love all of Judith Viorst's books. What a great idea to use it to introduce Economics.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

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    1. Aren't they great? Such relatable characters!

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  4. I totally use this book with economics too! I'll certainly check out your econ unit.
    Have a great week!

    School Is a Happy Place

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    1. The kids love this book and even though the actual counting money part of it is more difficult for first graders, the message is a good one. If you end up getting the Economics unit, make sure to do the factory and store. The kids LOVE it and get so much out of it, kids in previous classes always remember it. Happy Sunday!

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  5. I have actually never read this book, but I am definitely going to remember it for my economics unit next year!
    Bethany
    FabandFunin4th!

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  6. I love this book! I haven't used it with economics before. Great idea!

    Gwen
    Learning With Mrs. Brinn

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    1. It's good for a money unit in math too of course!

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  7. Love the Alexander books! Thank you so much for sharing your activity--a must use!

    All the best--
    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

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  8. Great idea! Even in 2nd the kids still want, want, want with no thought to how much things actually cost!

    Jessica
    Literacy Spark

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    1. Right! Economics is one of our favorite units to teach. It's always so cute to hear their thoughts on money, jobs, etc.

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  9. I hadn't thought of using this book in economics...maybe in math...but not SS! That's a great idea!!! I'm so glad you shared it!!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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    1. You're welcome, thanks for hosting. I bet even your older students would like it!

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