Risky Business: What Every Teenager Needs to Know About Living Smart - Lesson Details

Activity 2.2 - Couch Potato Economics

In this activity, the students use economic thinking to answer a question: Why would people make poor decisions regarding their health when they know that such decisions might hurt them in the future? In other words, why do people let themselves become couch potatoes?

Concepts:

Costs and benefits, Opportunity cost, Trade-offs
National Content Standards in Economics:
  • Standard #1: Scarcity
  • Standard #2: Decision Making


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