Grade 6-8, 9-12
On-Demand Webinar

At the Movies: Using “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” to Teach Economic Concepts

Time: 60 mins,
Updated: December 14 2023,
Presenter: Lynne Stover


In this webinar teachers will learn:

• To teach the economic concepts featured in the book [Allocation of Limited Resources, Privilege vs. Poverty, Specialization & Interdependence, Economic Systems

• To examine environmental themes [The restructuring of the continent, Is climate change the reason Panem exists, Unregulated science experimentation]

• To discuss social events encountered in book as they relate to current events [Civil unrest and rebellion, True hunger and metaphorical hunger, Strong females, Alliances]

This video is available to view for EconEdLink members only.


The newly released motion picture “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” is ripe with social commentary. This prequel to the popular Hunger Games series is sure to engage students as they explore the themes of scarcity, poverty, command economies, and civil unrest. It is to be noted that students do need to have read the book or seem the movie to participate successfully in the presented content.