In Saturday's post I shared with you about my newly revised economics mega-unit, Economics for Kids.
Because of that, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite economics stories...The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins.
In a recent book review by Scholastic, I read this blurb about the story, "Ma makes a batch of a dozen chocolate chip cookies for her children Victoria and Sam. Each child has six cookies. But when the doorbell rings and friends drop by, the cookies must be shared. The doorbell rings again, and again, and again...until there is only one cookie for each child. What happens if the doorbell rings again? Will the cookies be divided? Will Ma make more cookies? Or will a special visitor surprise everyone?
Author/illustrator Pat Hutchins has wonderfully rendered a diverse array of children in characteristically rich illustrations, and the excitement of the tale is enhanced with every ring of the doorbell. This lively tale of family love and cookies skillfully teaches youngsters some math basics, as well as the basics of sharing."
Not only does this book do an excellent job of teaching about sharing and mathematical concepts to young children, but it can also be used with older children to teach the idea of scarcity and limited resources! As an extension, students could write about a time they experienced scarcity, enjoy a snack of chocolate chip cookies, brainstorm a list of resources which are in limited supply, and create posters promoting resource conservation. Students could also write their own version of this fun story! I hope you enjoy The Doorbell Rang as much as I do!!! Happy Tuesday!!!