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This is the fun way to teach complicated economic ideas like opportunity cost, supply and demand, taxes and capital resources. Chester the Crab explains economics using a trip to a video rental store, a safari with The Tax Hunter and the tracing of how a dollar changes forms as it goes through a suburban mall. This funny, colorful graphic novel will excite reluctant readers, prepare students for standardized tests and help homeschooling parents!
Every time you buy something you make an economic choice. Economics is the system of making and buying things that answer your needs and wants. Chester’s friend Tamara has a want: a movie! Chester helps her make her choice by explaining why she is a “consumer” wrestling with “supply and demand.”
How are needs and wants different?
Chapter 2: Money Around the Mall
Chester follows some money around a mall as it changes from cash to a check to a bank account to a credit card. It is all money, but each form of money has its own uses and advantages. See if you can spot all the magic changes in this economic treasure hunt!
Money Around the Mall includes the following topics:
Why did people invent money?
Chapter 3: Career Resources
What would you like to be when you grow up? Chester helps his friend Darryl think about that by looking at some jobs from 100 years ago. He also show how the jobs we do use human resources, natural resources, and capital resources.
Career Resources includes the following topics:
What are economic resources?
Taxes are a part of your citizenship in your country, state, or local government. We pay different kinds of taxes so that our government can do different kinds of things for us. Adults pay most of the taxes, but even kids can pay a sales tax on things they buy at a store. Chester hunts down some strange animals that remind him of the different kinds of taxes in America.
The Tax Hunter includes the following topics:
Who is the Tax Hunter?