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Teaching Time
Two 45-minute sessions
Grade Level
Elementary School
  • Economics
  • Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
  • History
Historical Period
  • Development of the Industrial Pennsylvania - 1877-1900
This elementary school level lesson looks at Henry J. Heinz, his beginnings in the food processing industry, the key questions that drive the creation of products and services, and the concepts of specialization and interdependence as they relate to business.


1. Understand how Henry J. Heinz began his business. 2. Identify and answer the basic questions that apply to marketing products or services and apply them to their own example. 3. Define specialization and interdependence as it relates to business/economics.

Standards Alignment

  • Economics

    6.4.3. A. Define specialization and the concept of division of labor.
    6.4.3. E. Define specialization and identify examples of interdependence.

  • History

    8.2.3. A. Understand the political and cultural contributions of individuals and groups to Pennsylvania.
    8.2.3. C. Identify and describe how continuity and change have influenced Pennsylvania history.

  • Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

    1.1.3. F. Understand the meaning of and use correctly new vocabulary learned in various subjects.
    1.2.3. A. Read and understand essential content of informational texts and documents in all academic areas.

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