Knowledge@Wharton High School Lesson Plan

Division of Labor–Taking Advantage of Efficiency

Submitted By: Michael Ryan Moore, University of Pennsylvania, GSE

Date: November 4, 2011

Subject(s): Economics

Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Overview: In this lesson we will look at the concept of division of labor. Through a short in-class activity, students will demonstrate the value and efficiency of specialization. Next, students will think about division of labor when it comes to group work, thinking about their own strengths and weaknesses, and how best to use those skills in a group setting. Finally, using the article “A Piece of Cake? Hardly, but Autumn Bayles Helped Herself, and Others, Rise to the Top,” students will think about how the division of labor encourages trade within the market.

NBEA Standard(s):

  • Economics, I. Allocation of Resources
  • Economics, IV. Markets and Prices

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