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Lemonade for Sale

Lemonade for Sale

This literature-based lesson incorporates the economic concepts of producer, consumer, and productive resources through active exploration. Students listen to a story about children who produce and sell lemonade to raise money for their clubhouse. They produce a product and classify the resources used in production as natural resources, capital resources (goods), or human resources. The extension activities integrate mathematics and language arts as students graph the lemonade sales and create an advertisement for lemonade.

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Standards Correlations

Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics

  • Content Standard 1: Scarcity
  • Content Standard 2: Decision Making
  • Content Standard 10: Institutions
  • Content Standard 11: Money and Inflation

National Standards for Financial Literacy

  • Standard I: Earning Income
  • Standard II: Buying Goods and Services