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The Evolution of Money
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.
Savers & Borrowers: Financial Markets in the United States
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.
Fractional Reserve Banking Commentary 1
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.
We're in the Money
Students 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. Students explore how money works in society and explore modern money and money in our history.
What Can I Afford?
Learners 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.
Learners 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. Learners 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.
Extra Credit: It’s No Fairy Tale
Students discuss their knowledge of payday loans and credit cards. In this Economics lesson, students complete a read an article and Q&A activity in groups, and play a vocabulary bingo game and a quiz game on payday loans. Students review a case study on payday loans and calculate the costs of credit usage. Students write a final chapter for the case study based on their findings as an assessment.
What Every 4-H Leader Should Know
Designed as an overview of the benefits of a 4-H program, this presentation, created by faculty from Purdue University, would provide a terrific introduction. Those who are interested in starting a 4-H group or club could explore the program through viewing this resource.
The Pickle Patch Bathtub
Students create a savings plan based on savings goals. In this savings and economics lesson, students are introduced the concept of savings and financial choices through the book The Pickle Patch Bathtub, then students create their own savings plan that parallels the savings plan presented in the story.
Word Problems Using Whole Numbers
In this math worksheet, students are given 20 story problems to solve. Only whole numbers are used. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are all called for.
I Can Do This! Systems of Equations
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.
Making Sense of the World Economy
Students apply the economic principles of supply and demand, market economy, competition, unemployment rate, exports and imports and currency exchange rate to China's present economic success and Russia's economic strife.
Bailout 1: Liquidity vs. Solvency
Introducing the circumstance surrounding the 2008 bailout and financial crisis, Sal uses a simplified analogy to help students to see the heart of the matter. He covers the importance of credit and credit scores, as well as what happens when one's liabilities are larger than one's assets.
LIBOR: London InterBank Offer Rate
Sal explains the relationship of FIBOR to interest rates and to other interbank borrowing rates, such as the Federal Funds Rate in the U.S. Viewers will appreciate the simple way he defines and contextualizes these concepts in this short video.
Being a Wise Borrower: Managing Your Money
Learners explore the world of personal finance, credit, and money management. They use car payment data based on credit history to better understand borrowing, lending, and making financial choices.
The Greatest Educational Change America Has Ever Seen
Young scholars connect the symbols from the design of the United States Mint Fifty State Quarters Program to our country's history in this five-activity unit. The culture, unique heritage, and geography of the individual states are probed.
Debit or Credit-You Decide
Students identify the similarities and differences between an debit and credit card. In this debit or credit lesson plan, student explain the advantages and disadvantages of using cash and consumer credit to purchase good and services while classifying purchase scenarios as credit or debit transactions.
What is the Federal Reserve?
Seventh graders investigate the Federal reserve. In this economics lesson, 7th graders participate in a simple banking simulation to learn how banks take in deposits, make loans, and hold reserves. Students study the purpose of the Federal reserve.
What Is the Federal Reserve?
Students examine simple bank transactions. In this banking lesson, students analyze banking transactions such as deposits, loans, and how they hold reserves. They participate in simulations of the process of clearing a check and the importance of reserves.
Pay Check Advance Loan
Young scholars research loans. In this financial instructional activity, students explore the benefits and drawbacks of applying for a pay-day advance loan. Young scholars compare different programs and calculate interest owed. Multiple resources are provided.