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Students, in groups, take various roles in evaluating the costs/benefits of the Three Gorges Dam project on the Yangtze River in China.
Students conduct a cost-benefit analysis. In this economics lesson, students analyze the pros and cons of carrying cell phones. Students realize the benefits and downfalls of the actual cost and the opportunity cost of cell phone usage.
Students explore the concept of a cost/benefit analysis. In this cost/benefit analysis lesson, students research the construction of a new dam in China. Students discuss the effects the dam will have on the environment, economy, and culture.
Young scholars study trade-off and opportunity cost. They examine the role of the profit motive in business decision-making and how firms use cost-benefit analysis to make production decisions.
Students analyze a purchase by using a decision-making grid, then create a cost-benefit analysis of a decision. Given a certain amount of pretend money, students use two types of graphic organizers to decide what to buy.
Students identify the methods Hawaii uses to allocate their goods and services. They define new vocabulary such as cost and benefit. Using a cost/benefit analysis, they evaluate the ancient method used by the Hawaiian people to allocate their goods. They discover the costs and benefits to other ways of distributing resources.
Students analyze and debate the tradeoffs between increasing arable farmland as opposed to retaining the wetlands as a natural resource. They discuss the economic factors involved and describe how cost/benefit analysis applies to wetlands issues.
Students watch video clips about the effects of Wal-Mart coming to towns. They develop a cost-benefit analysis related to the proposed store. They write their mayor listing their recommendation for the new store.
Students define the economic term opportunity cost. They complete a cost-benefit analysis related to the purchase of goods. They complete a philanthropic project and reflect on its benefit to the community.
Pupils identify the components of a wind turbine and determine the best circumstances to maximize wind power. They discuss wind energy viability and investigate efforts to implement wind energy. Students conduct a cost benefit analysis to wind turbines comparing them to other energy forms.
Cost-benefit, green initiatives, global economics, and renewable energy are the topics of this thought-provoking lesson plan. Learners watch the video, NASCAR Goes Green, engage in a circular written discussion, then talk about the green initiative as a targeted market to increase product loyalty and overall profit margarine. Multiple resources, discussion questions, and activities are all included.
Students analyze Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. In this Cold War lesson, students listen to a lecture about the initiative and examine a speech given by President Reagan in 1983. Students then complete a cost analysis chart and discuss the nuclear standoff of the era.
Students analyze the Strategic Defense Initiative. In this Cold War lesson, students examine a speech given by President Reagan in 1983. Students then complete a cost analysis chart and discuss the nuclear standoff of the era.
Why do humans cheat? Under what conditions are we more or less likely to cheat? Listen as Dan Ariely reveals intriguing results of several of his studies on the cost-benefit analysis of cheating, and how these findings relate to such human events as the Enron scandal of 2001. This is also an excellent representation of a real-world application of the scientific method, in which Ariely illustrates his initial inquiry and how he then tested his hypotheses and executed his sociological studies. Finally, Ariely emphasizes our need to test our intuitions in order to better understand human behavior and effect meaningful change.
Students examine President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. In this Cold War lesson plan, students explore excerpts of the initiative and participate in a cost analysis activity and a fishbowl activity regarding the proposal.
Students analyze the costs and benefits of owning a home. Using the cost-benefit analysis, they discover ways to reduce the costs of home ownership. They identify factors that affect the cost of mortgages and practice calculating them using different interest rates. They practice reading and interpreting charts as well.
Learners examine trade-offs and profit maximization decisions in the case study of Kaiser Aluminum. The define related economic terms and explain the role that factors such as costs versus revenues play in making business decisions. Finally, they role-play as economists advising the company on business choices.
Students examine their own beliefs about the morality of capital punishment through a "where you stand" activity. They explore economic arguments about the costs, benefits and morality of capital punishments by reading and discussing the article "Does Death Penalty Save Lives? A New Debate." They assume the identities of prominent economists and debate about the costs, benefits and morality of capital punishment in a roundtable discussion.
Students use the internet to research the development of the Segway. They identify the characteristics needed by an entrepreneur and inventor. They calculate and compare a cost/benefit analysis on different modes of transporation. They explain the social and legal implications of the Segway.
Knowing good project management means knowing how to conduct good financial analysis. Learner are introduced to the ins and outs of financial planning as it relates to cost, benefit, and project capital investment. 

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