Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Investment Cartoons

The one great thing about teaching economics is that a lot, no almost ALL, of my examples I use in class are real-life ones.  It was so great to be able to pull up an ad for a local bank and show them exactly what their interest rate was on their savings accounts, or CDs.

In social studies we've just wrapped up our investment cartoons.  The students studied 4 types of investments (stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and savings accounts) and the risks and rewards associated with each of them.  Students then had to choose 2 of the investment types that stuck out to them and create a cartoon detailing the 2 they've chosen.  Here's the directions they were given:

We did this same activity two years ago the last time around when I taught economics.  I was impressed then, and am even more impressed now with the cartoons these 7th graders came up with!  They are so darn creative, and I love how they take characters from cartoons, movies, and even themselves and put them into their cartoon!  It's really great to give them an outlet where they can use things they're familiar with to discuss content.  Here's some of the cartoons they created.  Enjoy!

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