This unit, designed for third graders, meets geography, economics, and civics standards. Students will interact with Mercy in Kenya through learning about her and her country virtually. Students will collaborate to solve geography-based problems, participate in a market simulation by acting as either buyers or sellers, and design a project proposal to help support Mercy and other struggling students in Kenya as a final project.





Standards


Timeline

Lesson

Links/Resources

Ways to Connect

Assessment

Introduction

This lesson will take one 45-60 minute session and will require either computer lab time or computer and projector.

EFAC DREAMS blog
Meet Mercy Glog
EFAC DREAMS blog
Walk around and assess students understanding of the glogs. Assist as needed.

Geography

These lessons are divided into five 45-60 minute sessions.


Post questions about the physical and cultural characterics in Kenya on the blog.
Use this rubric as you assess student understanding during the presentation.

Economics

These lessons are divided into four 30-45 minute sessions. Session 3 may require addional time.



Economics Vocabulary

After holding the economics simulation, pose the questions on this rubric to students to assess understanding.

Civics

These lessons are divided into three 30-45 minute sessions.

Glog of Civics Videos

Rights of Kids in Kenya Mixbook

After reviewing these lessons, pose the two questions on this rubric to students and use it to assess student understanding of third grade civics concepts.

Final Project

These lessons are divided into approximately seven 45 minute sessions. Please plan time in the school year to carry out the final plan.


Connect with local community members by including them in the fundraiser. See the company fun powerpoint for a model of how one school did this.
Use this rubric to assess student understanding of personal financial literacy as they present their final project proposal.