3 High-Interest Economics Units for Project Based Learning

Keep kids busy this summer by getting them involved in PBL. These fun economics PBL units are filled with 21st Century Skills.

Are you kids already bored this summer? Are you trying to figure out how to keep them entertained in a meaningful way? I have just the solution for you! Why not open a ice cream shop? Or, open a bake shop or pizzeria? These are fun project based units that your students or your own children can do this summer. And, they can learn about economics and experience running their own business. I can't think of a better way to uncover standards and 21st Century Skills.

Here are a few units that will keep students totally engaged this summer.


1. Open an Ice Cream Shop 

This fun unit involves doing research about the history of ice cream. Did you know that ice cream dates back to 54-68 BC and stretches the globe from Sicily to India to even Japan?

Keep kids busy this summer by getting them involved in PBL. These fun economics PBL units are filled with 21st Century Skills.


Here's a video that your students can watch to get creative ideas and stir up excitement about opening their own ice cream shop.


Students can even visit an ice cream shop to learn about the business, take a survey, design a logo and marketing plan, create a menu, and come up with their own ice cream creation. 

Keep kids busy this summer by getting them involved in PBL. These fun economics PBL units are filled with 21st Century Skills.

2. Open a Food Truck 

Food trucks are the big craze! There are even shows on the Food Network about food truck competitions. Students can research popular foods in different countries to come up with ideas in opening their very own food truck. I've provided a slideshow of food trucks here in Austin. I can just see children's little minds churning as they watch all the unique food trucks. Students can then design their own model and share their creations and foods with parents or other classes.

Keep kids busy this summer by getting them involved in PBL. These fun economics PBL units are filled with 21st Century Skills.



Keep kids busy this summer by getting them involved in PBL. These fun economics PBL units are filled with 21st Century Skills.

Keep kids busy this summer by getting them involved in PBL. These fun economics PBL units are filled with 21st Century Skills.

3. Mini Golf 

What a fun family activity! This activity involves money and measurement. Students can design their own golf course and a model of a mini-golf hole. Students can keep score, evaluate each other's course, and decide on what they offer at the course and prices. Again, I've provided a slideshow that is filled with the course of our Peter Pan Mini-Golf course here in Austin.

Keep kids busy this summer by getting them involved in PBL. These fun economics PBL units are filled with 21st Century Skills.


Keep kids busy this summer by getting them involved in PBL. These fun economics PBL units are filled with 21st Century Skills.

Keep kids busy this summer by getting them involved in PBL. These fun economics PBL units are filled with 21st Century Skills.

For more Project Based Learning units, please visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store. And, follow my Pinterest Board for lots of PBL ideas.

Keep kids busy this summer by getting them involved in PBL. These fun economics PBL units are filled with 21st Century Skills.


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