I'll Trade You Henry Ford for Ben Franklin!
Subject: Social Sciences
Grade: 3-5, 6-8
Students create and trade inventor trading cards.
Students explore the concept of supply and demand.
economics , inventors, supply and demand, trading cards
Trading Card Template for creating a set of inventor trading cards
directions for playing the Trading Cards Game, online or printed and distributed to students
Great Scientists and Inventors Quiz, printed and distributed to students (optional)
print or online resources containing biographies of inventors, such as
crayons or markers
materials for laminating (optional)
Extension: Invite students to complete the Great Scientists and Inventors Quiz.
Have each student use the Trading Card Template to create a set of inventor trading cards.
Organize students into teams of four, and have them play the Trading Cards Game.
Ask: Who was able to buy or trade a complete set of trading cards? Which cards were worth most? Why? Which cards were worth least? Why? How did the demand for each card relate to the supply of each card?
Evaluate students on the accuracy of the information on their trading cards and on participation in the class discussion.
Lesson Plan Source
Great Scientists and Inventors Trading Card Project
Maureen Bullis, Woodward Elementary School, Tigard, Oregon
Originally published 06/18/2001
Links last updated 01/03/2007