It's hard for most kids to imagine being poor. But you can build empathy and understanding about poverty and homelessness by reading stories about kids with those experiences. Here's a list of children's books about being poor and homeless.
"This Teacher Taught His Class a Powerful Lesson About Privilege" (article/activity) (via Buzz Feed) November A teacher leads a simple, yet powerful exercise about privilege using paper and a recycle bin.
“Economics: Supply and Demand” is a Social Studies lesson that focuses on understanding the law of supply and demand and its effect on prices in a market economy. The original informational text provides an overview of the definitions of supply and demand
It's all about the Great Depression with this Interactive Notebook graphic organizer set. I use these with inquiry activities to help students organize, analyze and reflect on the major themes of the period.