Lesson Plan

Grades 9-12

Hill of Beans

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15 minutes

SUBJECTS: Math, Social Studies

TOPICS: International Comparisons, Resource Distribution, Wealth & Poverty

Resource Overview

Students compare wealth of the average person in the world to that of a person living in the U.S. and a person living in the Central African Republic, one of the poorest nations in the world.

Students will be able to:
  • Examine how the wealth of the average U.S. citizen compares to that of an average citizen in the Central African Republic.
  • Explain why people in the U.S. live longer and accumulate more wealth than people in least developed countries.
  • Analyze how the quality of life differs for the average citizen in a wealthy country versus a poor country.
Unique format for compare wealth between the US, Central African Republic, and world that uses the sound of beans hitting a coffee can

Features of This Resource

  • Unique way of comparing data – volume of sound represents wealth
  • Students compare and contrast one aspect of LDC and MDC countries
  • Lesson plan uses real-world data

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