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Budding economists use hard data to analyze the current changes in the CPI. They identify factors that change inflation rates, such as policy and economic conditions. They also describe the impact inflation/deflation has on various consumer groups in the US economic system. A very thorough and comprehensive lesson plan.
High schoolers discuss if capitalism is good for the poor sector of community. Reading a case study, they characterize markets by the amount of competition. They answer questions and discuss the answers as a class. They examine the amount of competition in Chinese markets.
Pupils investigate Social Darwinism. In this government systems activity, students listen to their instructor present a lecture on the details of Social Darwinism and American laissez-faire capitalism. Pupils respond to discussion questions following the lecture.
Your class can view a slide show including photographs of various human, natural, and capital resources found in the United States. They work in groups to sort pictures into 3 categories, and then complete a related Venn diagram.
Reflect on the importance of banks in the current economic condition of the United States. High schoolers will explore the history of banking and money so that they can complete the numerous activities centered around that subject. Each group will participate in interactive activities to better understand consumer concepts. All handouts and resources are included.
Fourth graders create graphs to illustrate consumer consumption throughout the world. In this consumer lesson plan, 4th graders also discuss wants and needs around the world, and consider Gandhi's opinion on material possessions as they write journal entries about their own wants and needs.
A clear, comprehensive overview of consumer debt, credit, interest, international currency, and social responsibility, this 45-minute session falters in the application stage. You'll need to create a way for learners to demonstrate their understanding after discussing readings. Two informative handouts support learning, and a link to a quiz-like game offers future (and current) consumers the chance to compare "deals" on products they may buy.
Young consumers get a hefty dose of information on how fraud can put their financial health at risk. The resource provides detailed lecture notes, scaffolded notetaking sheets, vocabulary worksheets, transparencies, and seven links to further research. Enhance relevance by assigning inquiry-based research about scams your high schoolers and their families have experienced, or have groups create dramatic presentations in which they act out scams and schemes in action.
High schoolers examine Consumer Price Index and Inflation from April 2010. In this economic data lesson, students review charts, information, and graphs and use them to answer multiple choice and essay questions over rates and changes in CPI, influences and impacts of inflation, and implications of current economic conditions.
Extensive explanation, charts, and links help young economists understand inflation, changes in the Consumer Price Index, and economic indicators. The lesson includes fun online tools such as an inflation calculator and an assessment, the results of which can be sent to you. Because the information is often linked, it's best if learners have computer access in class. Click "View Student Version" for the page without teacher hints and answers. Extension activities included.
Third graders identify the relationship between producers and consumers and supply and demand. They listen to a lecture and complete a variety of graphic organizers to show their understanding.
Here is a fantastic lesson your class is going to love! They get to dissect owl pellets in order to better understand the food chain as well as producers, consumers, and decomposers. They examine several websites, discuss the food chain, dissect owl pellets, draw diagrams, and compose detailed paragraphs describing how the pellets show the food chain in action. A lesson full of fun engaging activities and learning opportunities.
What do pizza, jeans, and gold have in common? Give up? They are all products that require natural, human, or capital resources to be mined or produced. They also require a market price that can fluctuate with the ebb of supply and demand. Learners complete a variety of activities to examine these very basic economic concepts. Note: Lots of additional resources are included in with the lesson.
An engaging and unique lesson that combines literature and economics is here for you. In it, learners read the short story, "The Doghnuts" found in  the book Homer Price. Pupils define "capital resources," and utilize a worksheet embedded in the plan to identify a machine in their own home that serves to increase productivity. This fine plan should result in some fruitful discussion on economic theory and practice.
How does consumerism affect global poverty? Upper graders find out about cost benefit, wants and needs, and making good consumer choices as they explore this global topic. They role-play an impulse spending experience and work through the process of making a wise choice about buying an expensive item. This includes cross-curricular extension activities.
Students investigate supply and demand by comparing pizza to other goods.  In this economics lesson, students discuss who sets the price of a piece of pizza and how resources affect the overall supply.  Students examine supply and demand graphs and identify different objects as a human, natural or capital resource.
Students focus on the role played by a nation's institutions in generating creativity, invention and innovation, and analyzes how innovation promotes the economic growth that raises standards of living and alleviates poverty.
2-3rd graders listen to the story, Lemonade for Sale, by Stuart J. Murphy. In the story, children produce and sell lemonade to raise money for their clubhouse, create a product, classify the resources used in production as natural resources, capital resources, or human resources.  Mathematics and language arts are integrated as they graph the lemonade sales and create an advertisement for lemonade. Note: The ideas presented could be applied to another "like" topic.
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.
Students compare the antitrust case against Microsoft with other historic antitrust cases. After exploring the notions of capitalism, monopolies and trusts, students examine the current case against Microsoft.

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