Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Economics Choice Cards

I've had a few inquiries about the Economic Choice cards I made to help my students make choices about the town we are creating. If you're just tuning in, check out this post, then this one, and of course Meek Moose who had this brain child in the first place.

The kids used these cards to discuss each choice for power supply, main meat source, town location, and crops. I have 4 table groups so I made 6 sets of cards. I wanted to have a teacher set and an extra set for emergencies. I color-coded each set with dot stickers before I laminated them so they could all get back to the correct home if they got mixed up. This was the white set so the dots may not be visible in all the photos. I made the cards in Power Point (3x5"), printed onto cardstock using our color printer, stickered, and laminated each set. You could also print out the pictures on regular paper and paste them onto index cards but I'm all for skipping as many steps as I can get away with. I printed the blurbs onto 2x4" mailing labels and stuck them on the back of each card before laminating.

Energy Options - Front

Energy Options - Back 

Location Options - Front 

Location Options - Back 

Meat Options - Front

Meat Options - Back 

I decided not to write blurbs about the different crops. I thought it would be a little too much for my guys after weighing the pros and cons of all the other choices. The kids basically picked what they thought the most people would like to eat. They did debate a bit about the fruit because they knew that fruits that grew on trees would need more space than the other choices.

Vegetable Crop Options

Fruit Crop Options

Enjoy! If you want the files I used to make these cards leave your email below. I haven't had much luck lately with GoogleDocs so I'm not even going to bother with that :P


  1. I would love a copy of these cards to do this activity! Thanks!

    Sparkles , Smiles, and Student Teaching

  2. This looks fabulous...I'd love a copy also :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Can't believe all the work you and Meek Mouse have put into this Economics plan! I would love a copy of these cards