Counting on Cooperatives

Counting on Cooperatives By Nancy Harris and Michael Jarman
September 1997

Grade: 5-6

Subjects: Science, English Language Arts, Health/Nutrition, Visual/Performing Arts

This six-lesson unit introduces students to the study of economics, including an introduction to basic business types and systems. Students learn about international, national and California history as they take a historical tour of cooperatives and how they have evolved into the business structures that exist today. Arithmetic skills are reinforced as students cooperatively solve word problems and exchange money. In a culminating activity, students open a business of their own choosing and experience the business world first-hand as classmates act as consumers. Agriculture is the overall theme for this unit.