Market Wars

Introduction to Markets

In this unit on markets students will learn about demand, supply, pricing, market characteristics, market failures and more through a series of interactive, story-driven activities. It culminates in an escape room activity where students  use their knowledge of the "Market Wars" to free rebels from the grip of the empire!

Unit Guide Everything below in one single Google doc, complete with step by step lesson plans for each activity.

PowerPoint Presentations

While these presentations will technically function in Google Slides, they won't work well. Download the file as a PowerPoint and run it from your Desktop for best results!

Demand - fully animated graphs, woo! A discussion of demand with a focus on the various ways to shift a demand curve.

Supply - purposefully similar presentation to the one above, just looking at supply instead.

Pricing & Equilibrium - Watch the invisible hand do its magic! Missing some fun videos, thanks Congress! 

Market Characteristics - A series of mini-activities and very brief notes about the various characteristics of a market economy such as property rights and competition.

Lessons and Activities


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The Profit (S2, E14) Coopersburg Sports (Runtime 42 mins) - Competition is one of the characteristics of a free market. How does a small, family-run business compete with a huge company? We're often told they can't. Coopersburg Sports faces that very problem. Can they innovate and compete or will they be run out of town? Study Guide with Questions