Economic Environment

Learning Goal:

  • Students will understand what economics is and why it’s important
  • Students will know the difference between economic systems
  • Students will understand supply, demand, and equilibrium price
  • Students will understand why and how the health of the economy is measured
In class, we'll cover the following sections from our book using the links and materials below.

  • We'll eliminate classroom chairs to learn about scarcity
    • Use this link to come up with ideas in groups on how to distribute our limited number of chairs and vote on the best
    • Sealed-bid auction
  • We'll watch this video from Crash Course Econ that touches on many of the topics from this section
    • What is economics? 
  • Another short video on scarcity
  • We'll check this definition and video on opportunity cost from Investopedia
  • With your partner, come up with a list of three items you purchased or choices you made and their opportunity costs. Add your list to this collaboration page
  • Economies of scale
    • What retail stores would be an example of this principle?
  • Macro vs micro economics
  • Monetary policy vs fiscal policy
  • Check Understanding

Economic Systems

In class, we will check out this video on economic systems and preview the section.  We'll talk about the last part of the section together. We'll check our understanding after the presentations. This infographic is a good reference.

The Assignment

10 pts - Your group will be given one of the following countries below. You will use the book to create a presentation that covers the following:
  • What is a market economy?
  • What is a planned/command economy?
  • What is a mixed economy?
  • What type of economy is your country?
  • Why is your type of economy the best? What are the advantages?
Each group will share their presentation with the class.

Countries: Canada, France, Sweeden, Japan, North Korea, Cuba, Australia

Supply, Demand, & Equilibrium Price

  • Demand for Goods and Services
  • Supply of Goods and Services
  • Equilibrium: Where Supply and Demand Intersect

We'll look at what our book has to say about demand, supply, and equilibrium. Then we'll check out the above videos to help reinforce the concepts. 

We'll also look at this helpful infographic on supply and demand

In your groups, come up with an example of either high supply, low demand or high demand, and low supply. You will act out your example as a skit.

Try your hand at this supply and demand game

Health & Stages of the Economy


In class, we'll preview the next section of your book and talk about goals for a healthy economy. We'll read, annotate (notes/highlight), and mind map this section using the tools below.

Scrible Annotation Tool - Install extension and create an account (Bounce App Plan B)
  • We'll demo basic use
Popplet or Coggle (create account) Mind mapping
  • We'll look at basic use, collaboration, and exporting
First, use Scrible to read and annotate (highlight and add notes) the section of your book linked above. Focus on learning the following:
  • What is GDP? What does it include? What does it show? Why is it important?
  • What does the unemployment rate tell us about the economy?
  • What is inflation? What is deflation? What is price stability?
  • What is the CPI? What does it show? What does it include?
After you have read and annotated using Scrible, work with another person (across from you, diagonal to you, or beside you) to create a mind map with the important things you learned from the section. Use either Popplet or Coggle. Finally, add your mind map to this collaborative page.

We may also look at these infographics below:

We'll watch this video in class to help reinforce what we learned (full video).

The video we watched touched on the business cycle or stages of the economy. We talk briefly about what your book has to say.


Infographics are used to show information or explain concepts visually. Check out some cool examples here. Here is an interactive infographic on why you should use infographics. We'll talk briefly about C.R.A.P. design that should be used when making an infographic (and other print/digital publications). We'll look at two options for our infographic below.

Easelly is an easy to use tool for designing infographics. 

Canva is a design tool and app that can be used for many different types of publications, including infographics.

The Assignment - Supply and Demand in Your Life Infographic 25 pts

Choose one of the infographic tools covered in class. You will create an infographic using the highlighted instructions from this link as a guide (don't worry about the top two sections). You will turn the information you find into a visual using the infographic. Here are some examples of articles that have been turned into infographics. You may work with one other person. Points awarded/lost based on the creative/original computer rubric. Send me your infographic on Google Classroom AND add it to this collaborative page

  • Find an article that affects your daily life
  • What is the article about (visuals & text)? 3 pts
  • How does the article affect your daily life? 5 pts
  • What is influencing the supply/demand of the product/good/service from your article? Reflection & critical thinking. 5 pts
    • Include a supply/demand curve 2 pts
  • Include the URL of the article you used 2 pts
  • C.R.A.P. design 5 pts
  • Quality/effort 3 pts

Economic Environment Chapter Review

Use this review guide to study for your test. Each group will get a section of the review. Use Kahoot to create at least five questions for us to use for review. Add a link to your Kahoot to this collaborative page