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Lesson 7: Go Fly a Kite
This lesson focuses on resources and barter (economics) and geometry (mathematics). After reviewing the concept of bartering, the students roll a four-sided dice to gather some of the resources they will need to build a tetrahedron kite, which is based on the shape of a platonic solid. Then they barter to get the rest of the materials they will need. During this process, the students identify the characteristics of intermediate goods and use these goods to build their kite.
Visual 7.1 to 7.2 (PDF - 77 KB)
Activities 7.1 to 7.6 (PDF - 619 KB)
- One copy of Activity 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4
for each team
- One copy of Activity 7.5 cut into tickets
(Mount on stiff cardboard for use with
more than one class. If you have more
than eight groups, you will need to make
additional copies of this page.)
- One copy of Activity 7.6 for each student
The Trading Game - Is it a Barter?
This interactive can be used to reinforce the concept of bartering.
Students are given a random item and then asked whether or
not they want to exchange for other items. Based on their decisions they can decide if the exchange was a barter or not.
Murphy, Stuart J. Let's Fly a Kite. New York: HarperCollins Children's Books, August 2000. (ISBN: 0-06446-737-6)
McCoughrean, Geraldine. The Kite Rider. New York: HarperCollins, September 2003. (ISBN: 0-06441-091-9)
Vaughn, Marcia and Mullins, Patricia. Sea Breeze Hotel. New York: HarperCollins Children' Books, April 1995. (ISBN: 0-06443-406-0)
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