A Great Mentor Text for Economics

We are currently in the middle of our economics unit in social studies.  Today, I would like to share a great mentor text we used to address some vocabulary, including producer, consumer, goods, and services.

This post shares how to use a fun mentor text for economics & inferring.

Dragon Pizzeria is about two dragons, BeBop and Spike, who own a pizzeria.   BeBop provided the goods (pizza), and Spike provided the service (delivery).  Together, the two dragons are the producers, and they need a variety of resources to satisfy their consumers.

Part of the fun of this book is to read the descriptions of the pizzas and have the students guess who the customers are.  Some were fairly obvious, like the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk.  However, some were more challenging like Thumbelina.



At the end of the book, we discussed the capital resources need to create such a wide variety of products which led to a discussion on supply and demand.

One of the original focuses of this lesson was the difference between goods and services.  We ended our discussion by coming back to this concept.  To assess students' understanding, I made the following worksheet.

This Goods and Services worksheet is a free download on this post.

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Do you have a favorite mentor text you use when teaching economics?  I'd love to hear your ideas!

Thank you, and have a great week!

Mary

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