Grade 3-5, K-2
On-Demand Webinar

The Economics of Excrement: Let’s Get This Potty Started!

Time: 60 mins,
Presenter: Lynne Stover


In this webinar teachers will:

  • Explore the concept of the value of using children’s literature to teach economics in the content areas.
  • Relate the concepts of markets, supply, demand, specialization, and entrepreneurship they pertain to the featured titles.
  • Consider the cross curricular possibilities of the topic as related to the social sciences and creative problem solving.
  • Review an annotated bibliography listing children’s books that contain economic concepts dealing with sanitation and the environment.

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Students may think the topic of human and animal waste is silly, but there is a lot to be learned about the markets, supply, demand, specialization and entrepreneurship involved in this very common, but seldom discussed, resource. Based on the books “What Do They Do with All That Poo?”, “Steve the Dung Beetle: On a Roll”, “Where Does Your Poop Go?” and “Poo-Dunit?: A Forest Floor Mystery” this webinar features classroom-ready lessons and activities.