Mercantilism and Trade – Teamwork

Throughout my social studies curriculum, we continually return to the concept of trade–groups of people exchanging goods and services in order the meet each other’s needs. Whether it’s trade between Native American civilizations, The Columbian Exchange, or trade among early colonists, I would guide students to consider the ways in which trade could strengthen a population and ultimately improve a society’s odds of survival. After introducing the concept of trade, I would share the Michael Jordan conversation about teamwork with students, and ask them to answer the essential question, “How does trade have the power to improve a people’s way of life?”

Level: Elementary Social Studies

Subject Area: American History/ Economics

Author: Tiffany Heitman



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