Creating our own Cereal Boxes

Creating our own Cereal Boxes

As a part of the Economics Unit, you can have the students design and create their own cereal boxes. The cereal industry is known to advertise towards a specific target audience. What things would you do to make a cereal sellable? If you were in a focus group, what would you suggest to  the companies in order to sell more. Bring in different types of cereal boxes and ask students what makes them want to buy a certain type of cereal.  Have a discussion about what type of cereal is best.

Driving Question: How could cereal companies increase sales?

a.1 Identify markets that are not face-to-face meetings, such as Internet shopping, phone ordering, or catalog shopping.Objective: Students will discover what makes a company profitable and how advertising plays a part in the amount of sales.

a.2 Describe how countries around the world trade in the global market.

a.3 Identify the opportunity cost of a choice or decision.

b.1 Explain how producers make choices because of limited natural, human and capital resources.

b.2 Classify goods and services according to who produces them: the government, business, or both.

b.3 Describe the interdependence of people because of specializations.

b.4 Give examples of how limited resources affect the decisions producers make.

b.5 Describe steps in the production process to produce a product.

c.1 Develop a budget indicating income and expenses.

c.2 Develop a plan that shows how money is obtained, such as selling things getting a gift, and getting allowance.

Personal Financial Literacy

5.5.D.1 Describe the concepts of supply and demand.

5.D.2 Describe how supply and demand affect price.

The following subjects areas and activities are completed during this unit.

Language Arts – research documents to learn about careers, different ideas about advertising

Writing – Write a persuasive paper describing why your box will see the best

Art – design a cereal box using the ideas gained in research

Recommended Books: 

    • The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel – Scarcity
    • Max’s Dragon Shirt by Rosemary Wells – Wants/needs
    • Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst – Opportunity cost
    • Abuela’s Weave by Omar Castaneda – Producers/Consumers
    • A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert – Bartering
    • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin – Human resources
    • Boom Town by Sonia Levitin – Entrepreneurs
    • The Berenstain Bears’ Dollars and Sense by Stan and Jan Berenstain – Money/banking
    • The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks by Joanna Cole – Natural Resources
    • Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier – Saving
    • How the Second Grade Got $8,205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty by Nathan Zimelman – Profit
    • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin – Strikes




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Students can have a choice of presentation on how to persuade others to buy their cereal – powerpoint, prezi, etc.  Write a letter to General Mills to give them suggestions on how to change their box to increase sales.

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