Students watch a video about the economic history and diverse economy of Iowa, and learn about the change and diversification of industries in the state over time. They then fill out graphic organizers about what they learned, and engage in a class project about types of goods produced in Iowa.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Iowa | Unit 6: Industry: Lumber, Grain, Coal, Agriculture." In this unit, students will investigate the major successes and challenges of resource use in Iowa.
E.SS.3.13: Identify how people use natural resources, human resources, and physical capital to produce goods and services.
H.SS.4.25: Analyze the impact of technological changes in Iowa, across time and place.
H.SS.4.26: Explain how Iowa’s agriculture has changed over time.
- An item manufactured in Iowa
- Chalkboard or blackboard
- Video: Great States | Iowa Economy
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Class set of Iowa’s Goods graphic organizer
- Construction paper or card stock
- Markers, crayons, or colored paper
- Various other art materials (optional)
- Bring in an item that has been made in Iowa. Ask students what was needed to produce this item. As answers are given, record responses on the board into one of three columns: Natural Resources, People, and Machines (machinery, equipment, and technology used to create a product).
- Indicate that students will be watching a short video about Iowa’s economy in the past and present.
Play the video, Great States | Iowa Economy. [3:33]
- Distribute the Iowa’s Goods graphic organizer. Explain to students that they will watch the video and as products of the Iowan economy are discussed, they should note them in the appropriate “Type of Goods” column—Natural Resource Goods, Agricultural Goods, or Technological Goods.
- Review the content on the graphic organizers as a whole class. Explain that it is good for a state to have many different strong industries. It means that the state’s economy is not dependent on one industry; that is, if there’s a problem in one industry, the others can help support the state while it gets fixed.
- Divide the class into three groups—Natural Resources Goods, Agricultural Goods, and Technological Goods. Then, distribute art supplies and have each group come up with an advertisement to sell a product from their list of goods. This may be a print, radio, or television ad depending on the preference of the teacher.
Natural Resources Goods
Popcorn (Jolly Time)
Ice cream (Blue Bunny)
Home materials (Pella Windows)