Picturing Economics

Featured Image: Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

Learning Activity 1: Reviewing Economic Vocab Words

Lesson Context: This activity is designed for a 10th grade Economics course. It is a review of the previous lesson, which described several vocabulary words relating to the process of production, distribution, and consumption. During a discussion at the start of class, students will be show the images and asked to first explain which concept they believe it is describing and then why they believe it represents that term.

Key (from left to right):

  1. Production- Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay
  2. Service- Image by GraphicMama-team from Pixabay
  3. Distribution- Image by Radoan Tanvir from Pixabay
  4. Goods- Image by Marta Simon from Pixabay
  5. Consumption- Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

Learning Activity 2: Comparing and Contrasting States’ Population and Income

Lesson Context: This activity is also for a 10th grade Economics course. This activity is designed to show students the correlation between GDP and population. This would be shown in class as a discussion prompt. To aid their observations of the maps, students will answer questions such as:

  1. What are some factors that might affect a state’s GDP?
  2. Which states have high populations yet low GDP?
  3. What is the correlation between population and GDP?

Left Image: “File:Map of each state’s population as of 2013.svg” by Ali Zifan is marked with CC0 1.0

Right Image: “File:Map of U.S. states by GDP per capita in U.S. dollars (2012).svg” by Ali Zifan is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

2 Replies to “Picturing Economics”

  1. Effective use of images in both. All public domain and cited

    Students get to front load construction of vocabulary by exploring images. Much more effective than giving them the definition first. Once you give students a definition, their thinking stops.

    The two maps make great use of the comparison block. Fun to use the slider and see the patterns. Gives students what they need to explore correlation.

    I confess, I first viewed on my phone and couldn’t read the keys to maps. (Wonder if you could incorporate key into text?). But on my computer they’re legible.

  2. Francesca,
    I love how short and sweet your lesson ideas were. I know so little of economics that I got a little confused on what a couple of images in the gallery were supposed to represent. I also had trouble connecting what the maps were of. So my one critique would be to maybe add a sentence explaining that more clearly.
    Otherwise, I loved how you used the media embeds and emphasized out-of-the-box thinking!

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