For Educators
Curriculum Title:
How "Good" Is It?
  1. The oxen pulling a cart – This image with the Ox-O-Mobile was taken on California Street as a publicity stunt  for Cream of Barley. Photo: 1900.
  2. Interior and exterior photos of the Wittenmore & Brower Hardware Store, 210 W. State Street.  Note: Interior photos from this time period are not common. Photo: 1909.
  3. Frank Larkin’s Cash Market was a corner grocery store, 112 Somonauk Street (1939-1944). Photo: no date.

Note: Materials are for educational purposes only.

Grade Level:
Second Grade
Core Curriculum: CC.2.W.8 Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer questions.

Illinois State Social Studies Goal: 16.C Understand events, trends, individuals, and movements shaping the history of Illinois, the United States, and other nations. Understand the development of economic systems.

District 472: Identify goods and community services that students or families use.
Guided Questions:
  1. What goods or services do these pictures show?
  2. Do we still need these goods or services today? Why or why not?
Suggested Activity:
  1. Begin by having students identify possible definitions for a good or service. Explain the actual meaning of a “good” or “service.”
  2. Show pictures of past times in Sycamore. Ask students to identify what goods or services are provided in each of these pictures.
  3. While discussing the pictures, question students about whether these goods are still needed today.  How do we obtain these goods or services today?
  4. Continued conversation could evolve around why these goods or methods in obtaining them have changed.
Suggested Assessment:

Students can illustrate a type of good or service that they will need when they grow up. In addition, they could write the definition of a good.

As a class, each student could bring in a picture from a magazine or newspaper of a good or service and create a collage of goods or services that they think will exist when they are grown. Each student would be responsible for identifying one good or service.