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Review the Great Depression in the United States from an economist's perspective, examining roots of the crash, government policy actions, and policies instituted by the Fed.
What are the consequences and costs of inflation? What is CPI, and how do we calculate it? This resource answers these questions in an organized and in-depth manner, and also includes a worksheet of follow-up questions designed for an educational setting.
Here is a very unique activity in which learners simulate operations of a fractional reserve banking system, ultimately gaining a better understanding of how banks work and process money creation through lending. It includes a Story of Banks comic book with guided reading questions, financial investments and bank scavenger hunt WebQuest, and all instructional materials needed for the simulation. 
What does an examiner look for when analyzing a bank's financial condition? In addition to learning about the 5-Cs for reviewing loans and CAMELS (capital, assets, management, earnings, liquidity, and sensitivity to risk), your learners discover how the Federal Reserve supervises and regulates banks in order to avoid bank runs and financial instability.
Proper financial planning and the ability to differentiate wants from needs are important skills to develop as a young adult. Here is a great resource to introduce this topic to your learners, which includes a variety of hands-on and interactive activities to teach goal-setting, the benefits of a financial plan, and the importance of saving.
The Federal Reserve System as a decentralized central bank can be a difficult concept for learners to grasp. Help them get a firm handle on this concept using this resource, in which class members work as a group to identify the significance of particular structural elements of the Fed and then categorize those elements using a Venn diagram.
What financial situations and decisions await young learners after they graduate from high school? This project allows class members to glimpse into the types of responsibilities they will have as adults, from considering job opportunities to determining the costs of banking, rent, transportation, utilities, etc.
Read a series of word problems and have your class identify the process to solve them. They practice identifying, comparing, and ordering integers. They focus on recognizing opposites and the absolute value of number. An assessment handout is included.
For this bedroom redecoration project, your young mathematicians become interior designers. They plan, draw, and determine finances for the project. They apply their knowledge of working with decimals, geometric shapes, and problem solving skills as they choose paint, flooring and furniture for the project.
Use tables, graphs, and substitution to solve systems of linear equations. An envelope of sample problems is passed around the classroom, and each learner has the opportunity to solve the system in the envelope. This is a great way to get the whole class involved and on their toes. It also allows classmates to hear each other's thinking and problem solving strategies.
What is parallelism? Novice writers learn about parallelism and practice balancing 10 sentences for better syntax and parallel structure. A clear, straightforward instructional activity with answers included.
Young scholars explore economics by participating in a role-play activity. In this consumerism lesson, students identify the Great Depression, the cause of the financial collapse and the devastation it caused people their own age. Young scholars complete several worksheets about the era and role-play as a young girl who lived during the time.
Students view a video on the nature of money. They discuss the many ways that money has changed and is changing due to the development of electronic communication.
Investigate the current financial market and have your class explore savings, borrowing, financial markets, mutual funds, and the stock market. This four-part lesson is designed to help students become knowledgeable and informed consumers.
After a short review on the banking process and lending procedures, Sal outlines some of the problems and weaknesses of fractional reserve banking. Additionally, he details the differences between illiquidity and insolvency, as well as how one weak bank in a fractional reserve banking system can make life difficult for an entire economy.
Learners study money and its place in the economy.  In this middle school Consumer Math lesson, students explore the barter system and the need for money.  Learners explore how money works in society and explore modern money and money in our history. 
Students explore the costs of various cell phone plans, and various types of banking accounts to determine which one would yield the highest returns if the money saved from the cell phones were placed in different accounts.
Students identify and define the various types of credit cards and credit card offers. In this credit cards lesson, students identify the pros and cons of managing a credit card account. Students locate information on the Federal Reserves Web site and use the information to answer the worksheet included. Students also compare and contrast various credit cards and decide which card would be the best for them.
In the context of a discussion about real wealth versus the representation of wealth (money), Sal explains the multiplier effect and how 1000 pieces of gold can become 2710 pieces of gold. Viewers will appreciate the annotations and easy-to-understand narration in this video.
Going deeper into the concept of the Federal Funds Rate, this video guides viewers through the process of inter-bank lending, much like the previous video (Banking 14). Sal's easygoing approach is simple to understand and fun to watch.

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