Social Studies for High School


Supply and Demand for High School Students

Teaching social studies can be a lot of fun, but it can also cause a lot of problems. Social studies is a very difficult topic to find materials that are functional, cover the topic, and are written at a level appropriate for our students with moderate to severe disabilities. Teachers contact us regularly requesting activities on social studies standards, but we (SpecialEdSimplified) have not created units to teach these difficult concepts. We, tentatively, plan to begin working on social studies in the Fall of 2017. I have several activities that I use in my classroom to assist in teaching these required standards. Although, I must confess, most of the material I use for social studies comes from Unique Learning System and Explore American History from the Attainment Company.

One of the units I use every year to cover supply and demand is something Christina and I developed. The unit follows our typical eight days of activities and includes a power point to help explain the concepts being taught. We go over vocabulary words, understanding goods and services, understanding wants and needs, and we use graphs to explore those supply and demand issues.

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We tried to use examples in the unit that the students would be familiar with. My students and Christina’s students have participated in running a classroom store. Therefore, one of the activities uses a store inventory sheet to explore supply and demand. We incorporate class parties to also explain supply and demand. Wants and needs can be very difficult to differentiate between, so we have a unit set up specifically to look at this topic.

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How do you teach social studies in your room? What types of materials do you use? Let me know if you are interested in using my supply and demand unit. I will send it to you if you promise to give me feedback on it!

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