Social Studies Research and Practice
Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 2011
NOTABLE TRADE BOOK LESSON PLAN ~ Lawn Boy
Melinda Odom Staubs
Jacksonville State University
Using Lawn Boy by Gary Paulson allows teachers to address numerous economic ideas and principals. This lesson introduces various economic concepts while concentrating on opportunity cost, allowing students to think critically as they examine their own economic decisions. Students keep a journal as they explore the content of the trade book and discuss their readings with group members. Students expand their learning and apply critical thinking as they take part in a role play activity. Helpful grading rubrics and an economic concept guide are provided with the lesson.