- To help students understand the interconnectivity of the global market. Students may extend this activity by exploring and considering ethical and philosophical issues related to the concept of supply and demand.
- Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
- A white board or flip chart, marker.
The organizer will ask for volunteers. Volunteers must be willing to have the labels of the clothing they are wearing read aloud. Volunteers will come to the front of the group and the organizer will begin reading the country of origin for each item of clothing the volunteers are wearing. Another person will keep track of these countries on a large board that can be read by the group.
This activity may be extended by considering other purchases made by consumers and the countries of origin.
Students will be surprised to find that most of their clothing is not made in their home country. This activity should prompt a discussion of the shrinking nature of the globe, its resources and the increasing interconnectivity of our lives and the ramifications.
Students may follow up this initial activity by exploring the working conditions and wages in countries represented by the clothing. This information might then be shared by presentations at the next group meeting. At this point, questions should be posed as to what students can do to be ethical consumers and steps they might take to be members of an ethical marketplace.