Scarcity, Choice, & the Production Possibilities Curve Activities for High School

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

As you teach economics at the high school level, it will be important to impart information about different forces impacting the marketplace. This lesson offers activities that teach about scarcity, choice, and production possibilities.

Teaching Market Forces

If you are a high school teacher trying to help your students understand the many different forces that can play a role in the marketplace, you'll want your students to think about scarcity, choice, and the production possibilities curve.

In the context of economics, scarcity refers to a dearth of availability of a particular resource. Choice refers to the decisions that consumers and producers make in the face of scarcity. The production possibilities curve models maximum output possibilities for two different goods in the face of different input factors.

Because these concepts are abstract and can be complicated, it can help to use activities in your instruction. The activities in this lesson appeal to different learning styles while providing your students with unique perspectives on scarcity, choice, and the production possibilities curve.

Scarcity Activities

Here, you will find activities that specifically teach students about the idea of scarcity.

Images of Scarcity

To do this activity, have students work in small groups.

Give each group a set of newspaper or magazine images representing different scenes from around the globe. These might be domestic scenes, outdoor scenes, or political images. Ask students to analyze these images in relation to the theme of scarcity; instance, ask them to think about the following questions:

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