The Goat in the Rug

Geraldine is a goat. Her “friend” and owner, Glenmae, is a skilled Navajo weaver. One day, Glenmae decides to weave Geraldine into a rug! First Glenmae clips off Geraldine’s wool. Then she spins it into yarn, dyes it, and weaves the wool on her loom. In this cleverly-written story narrated by Geraldine herself, students learn how natural and other resources are combined to produce a beautiful and unique rug.

Interested in using this resource in your classroom? Check out the posters that go along with this book: Economic Wants, Income, Goods and Services, Producer, Productive Resources, Natural Resources, Human Resources, Capital Resources

Comprehension Questions

What good did Glenmae decide to produce using Geraldine's wool?

A rug!

Why do you think Glenmae wanted to produce a rug?

Probably to sell it to earn income so that she could buy food, clothing, and other economic wants.

What are capital resources?

Man-made tools, equipment, machines, and buildings used to produce goods and services.

What were some of the capital resources Glenmae used to produce the beautiful rug?

Scissors to shear the wool, knife (not shown) to chop the roots of the yucca plant, bucket and pail to wash wool, carding combs, spindle, large pot to dye the wool, stick to dip wool into dye, a loom,

It also takes natural resources/raw materials to produce a good or service. What natural resources did Glenmae use to produce the rug?

Wool from Geraldine, yucca plant roots for “soap”, water, plants for the dye (rabbit brush, wild onion, cliffrose, sumac, juniper, walnuts, dock)

The third kind of productive resource it takes to produce a good or service is called a human resource. Identify the human resource in the story.

Glenmae, a Navajo weaver.

Why was Glenmae a very valuable human resource?

She had learned the many skills it took to produce a beautiful Navajo rug. It takes a long time to learn all these skills. In economics, we call the knowledge, skills, and abilities that you have human capital.

Why is Geraldine a valuable productive resource?

She was able to continually supply Glenmae with wool. 

List the steps in the production of the rug and the human, capital, and natural resources needed to perform each step.

Production Steps

Extra Credit Questions!

Human capital is a term that describes the training and skills that someone has acquired to help produce a good or service. What human capital does Glenmae have?

She has many skills! She knows how to clip sheep, make soap to wash the wool, and create dyes from plants. She also knows how to dry, comb, spin, and weave.

In our modern economy, do you think people who have acquired a lot of human capital are more likely to earn high wages or low wages?

High wages! People who have lots of human capital (education or experience) are usually highly productive and typically have higher incomes.

The Goat in the Rug by Charles Blood & Martin Link

Author: Charles L Blood, Martin Link

Illustrator: Nancy Wilson Parker

Published: 1990

Reading Level: 2

Grade Level: K-3

Accelerated Reader Level/Points: 0.5

Lexile Measure: 660L

Publisher: Aladdin Publishing (Simon and Schuster)