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Economic Systems & the Zombie Apocalypse Economy (Distance Learning!)

Rated 4.72 out of 5, based on 35 reviews
35 Ratings
Grade Levels
10th - 12th, Homeschool
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16 PPT slides, 8 pages
Includes Google Apps™
The Teacher-Author indicated this resource includes assets from Google Workspace (e.g. docs, slides, etc.).

What educators are saying

My students loved it! I think the student instructions could be simpler, but overall fantastic resource!
My students had so much fun with this! I loved walking around and hearing them actively (and enthusiastically) discussing economic concepts.
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Infusing economics lessons with creativity, critical thinking, and straight up fun is one of my favorite things to do. Every year my students come alive as they imagine a scenario where the zombie apocalypse has finally happened, and out of this ruin they are tasked with building a new economy. I laugh walking around listening to my students figure out how to build infrastructure that will protect them from the zombies while figuring out how to not let their new cities run out of scarce resources. This lesson is honestly one of my favorites! And it’s not just me- students come back year after year remembering this lesson and that warms my teacher heart.

This lesson will teach your students about the main economic goals and types of economies in an interactive lecture. Along with lecture notes, I've included think-pair-shares and critical thinking opportunities throughout the lesson. Then students will create their own post-apocalyptic economies by working in small groups to answer a series of questions divided by topic. Finally, they will trade with another group’s economy to learn about the benefits of trade. Throughout this activity, students will recall and apply the foundational concepts of economics, including factors of production, incentives, types of economies, the production possibilities frontier, and more!

The best part is that you can use this entire lesson for distance or digital learning! All resources (except the lesson plan and Zombie Economy instructions) come in a printable PDF version AND a Google Slides version. Students just make a copy and they can use all the included resources! There's also tips on how to make the Zombie Economy activity virtual).

This resource is also a part of this discounted bundle: Foundations & Fundamentals of Economics Unit Bundle

What to Expect:

  • 1 Written Warm Up
  • 1 Essential Question
  • An Engaging Lecture with Thinking Activities & Think-Pair-Shares throughout (PPT, PDF, Google Slides)
  • Student Fill In Notes for the Lecture including Warm Up (PDF, Google Slides)
  • Zombie Apocalypse Economy Activity (PDF)
  • Suggested lesson plan (PDF)

*PPT is editable; student notes & activities are not

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Want to see my style of lectures before you buy? Check out this freebie: Globalization Economics Lesson

I usually teach this lesson in one 90-minute class period.

Note: all Google Drive versions appear in the lesson plans of each individual lesson. As of right now, there is no way to copy a folder in Google so for right now you will need to open the lesson plan and make a copy of each digital resource using the provided links and instructions.

Materials Needed:

  • Class set of included worksheets

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Total Pages
16 PPT slides, 8 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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