Lesson Plan


www.OneHen.org is a microfinance website for kids, with fun games and a virtual market, as well as lesson plans for teachers and librarians. The website is based on a children's book about a real boy in Africa who gets a loan to buy a hen, which over time turns into a thriving business - all because of a small loan to buy one brown hen. On the website kids can read the story, and read and see pictures and videos of real microentrepreneurs around the world in countries like Ghana, Brazil, Mexico and even immigrants in the U.S., and play games such as memory. Kids can donate "beads" won from the games to actual microentrepreneurs in developing countries through the virtual market, and as kids contribute they will see virtual businesses grow before their eyes. It's a beautifully designed website that aims to inspire good in kids while providing entertainment, and has great materials for teachers to teach their kids about topics ranging from world geography to community service to African culture to math to economics to business to global citizenship.


  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Journalism
  • Language Arts > Listening & Speaking
  • Language Arts > Reading Comprehension
  • Language Arts > Story Telling
  • Mathematics > General
  • Mathematics > Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics > Arithmetic
  • Mathematics > Careers
  • Mathematics > Estimation
  • Mathematics > Measurement
  • Mathematics > Number Sense & Operations
  • Mathematics > Problem Solving
  • Science > General
  • Science > Agriculture
  • Science > Earth Science
  • Social Studies > General
  • Social Studies > Anthropology
  • Social Studies > Current Events
  • Social Studies > Economics
  • Social Studies > Entrepreneurship
  • Social Studies > Geography
  • Social Studies > Global Awareness
  • Social Studies > Technology
  • Social Studies > Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Social Studies > World History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • K
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


student-facing game interdisciplinary integrated thematic microfinance world entrepreneurship business Africa South America geography community service economics


Update Standards?

ECO.K-4.E.1.1.1: Economics

identifying goods and services and giving examples of each;

ECO.K-4.E.1.1.2: Economics

showing what happens when there are limited resources and unlimited wants and needs;

ECO.K-4.E.1.1.3: Economics

giving an example of the opportunity cost for an individual decision (for example, choosing to use money to go to the movies may result in not having enough money to eat at a restaurant).

ECO.K-4.E.1.2.1: Economics

giving examples of different economic incentives (for example, landowners are paid rent for the use of their land, people who work are paid a wage, people who save money are paid interest, and successful businesses such as a lemonade stand make a profit).

ECO.K-4.E.1.3.1: Economics

describing how consequences of economic choices may affect the future (for example, using allowance money today for ice cream and candy will not generate savings for a bike in the future);

ECO.K-4.E.1.3.2: Economics

identifying similar resources that can be used in a variety of ways (for example, a piece of vacant land can be used to build a office building, a park, a parking lot, a shopping mall or a soccer field).

ECO.K-4.E.2.1.1: Economics

identifying the three basic economic questions all economic systems must answer: (What goods and services will be produced? How will they be produced? For whom will they be produced?);

ECO.K-4.E.2.1.2: Economics

identifying different economic systems (for example, command, market, and traditional).

ECO.K-4.E.2.2.1: Economics

describing roles of consumers and producers in the U.S. economic system;

ECO.K-4.E.2.2.2: Economics

describing how the price of goods and services in our U.S. economic system is related to how much of a product or resource there is, and how many people want it.

ECO.K-4.E.2.3.1: Economics

recognizing that some goods and services are provided by the government (for example, firefighters, parks, police, and public schools);

ECO.K-4.E.2.3.2: Economics

explaining that government raises revenue by taxing and borrowing to pay for the goods and services it provides.

ECO.K-4.E.3.1.1: Economics

describing how voluntary exchange of goods and services affects all parties involved in the exchange (for example, by exchanging clothing for food both parties in the exchange have benefited);

ECO.K-4.E.3.1.2: Economics

describing the interdependence between households and businesses;

ECO.K-4.E.3.1.3: Economics

describing how the exchange of goods and services around the world creates interdependence among people in different places (for example, the production of a candy bar requires ingredients from around the world).

ECO.K-4.E.3.2.1: Economics

giving examples of barter as a simple form of exchange;

ECO.K-4.E.3.2.2: Economics

explaining the concept of money;

ECO.K-4.E.3.2.3: Economics

giving examples of the mediums of exchange in the U.S.;

ECO.K-4.E.3.2.4: Economics

recognizing that different countries use different currencies.
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-10-24.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This fabulous resource is inspired by a children’s book, and its teaching themes include biography, African culture, economics, public service, geography, world resources, geography and more. The lesson plan includes curriculum ideas for a variety of subject areas in grades K – 7. The included website has games, activities, and lesson plans inspired by the book, and also has a number real-world connections, including biographies of current international microentrepreneurs, a video interview with the main character of the story, and strategies to help students get involved with helping others. This is an excellent, detailed and well-organized resource, and there are numerous opportunities for using both the story and the website for learning in any elementary or middle school classroom.
Christine Mytko
June 11, 2009
I love this book. There are so many ways to integrate it into the curriculum!
Michele Warrence-Schreiber
October 27, 2008
This external site provides a story about a chicken farmer from Ghana and offers a way to support the onehen.org organization at the same time. This complete resource offers many…

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