Global Marketplace

Global Marketplace takes students on a spin around the world. Students learn the products they use every day, like their backpacks and sneakers, might use raw material from one country, be assembled in another, and sold from Peking to Chicago. The program helps students understand how goods flow through various economies and the effect globalization has on their lives.

Purpose and process

Global Marketplace is designed to provide practical information about the key aspects of the global economy, what makes world trade work, and how trade affects students' daily lives.

Global Marketplace is a series of six activities recommended for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. The average time for each activity is 45 minutes. Extended learning opportunities were developed to enhance and extend the learning of these core activities. Global Marketplace contains an optional CD designed as an interactive, take-home piece for students. Materials are packaged in a self-contained kit that includes detailed activity plans for the volunteer and materials for 32 students.

Global Marketplace was developed to align with academic content areas, specifically world history, geography, and social studies.

Learning outcomes

Concepts: Trade, Market, Domestic trade, International trade, Exports, Trade barrier, Quota, Subsidy, Embargo, Tariff, Standard, Business practices, Culture, Franchise, Global trade, Immigrate, Emigrate, Entrepreneurship, Human resources, Productivity, Technology, Exchange rates, Currency.

Skills: Interpreting maps, charts, and globes, Oral and written communication, Working in groups, Gathering and organizing information, Critical reading, Persuasion, compromise, and bargaining, Analyzing points of view, Brainstorming, Critical thinking, Math calculations


Curricular or thematic relevance

Social studies; Entrepreneurship; Financial literacy; Employability skills.

How to organise:

The sessions could take place in timetabled lessons as they are delivered by teachers and/or classroom volunters; alternatively, they could be delivered as an extra-curricular activity or as part of an enterprise club.

Assessment and evaluation approaches

Fully integrated within the sessions.

Volunteer involvement

Volunteers and entrepreneurs can help by providing real-life examples from the business world.

Additional comments

Additional details in English language can be found online HERE.

Provider country

Contact your national JA-YE organisation.

Provider Institution:

, JA Europe  Belgium

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