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Supply & Demand (Economics)
In this economics worksheet, students answer six questions about supply and demand by using the provided word bank.
Young scholars explain what an economic system is and how it works. In this economic systems lesson, students create a sample item to produce. Young scholars have a short window to create additional products. Students discuss and understand supply and demand.
The Craft Revival and Economic Change
Examine the North Carolina craft revival. In this economics lesson, explore the historical challenges that face North Carolinians in the early 1900's and research primary sources to determine how the craft revival came to be. As a culminating activity, students design visual webs that feature their research findings.
Economics of the New Deal
Students explain the economic role government took during the Great Depression, and evaluate New Deal actions taken. They explain how the function of the government was to stabilize the economy by using fiscal and monetary policies.
How Economic Changes Affect Lifestyles
Students take inventory of the items they have in their homes that are made outside the USA. Then they map the results to find patterns of world manufacturing. They discuss the pros and cons of outsourcing and how it affects the economics of developing countries.
The Struggle for Economic Reform in Russia
In this Russian geography worksheet, students read about the pursuit of economic reform in Russia. Students take notes and answer 2 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
The Historical and Economic Impact of Military Bases in South Carolina
Eighth graders examine the history of South Carolina's military bases. In this South Carolina history lesson, 8th graders discover details about the history and economic impact of military bases in the state. Students analyze primary sources relative to the topic and share their findings with their classmates.
Economics: It Pays to Stay in School
Young scholars examine and compare various incentive programs encouraging students to stay in school. They also discover how economic disincentive programs can motivate young scholars not to drop out. In small groups, they role-play as consulting firms assigned the task of designing incentive programs.
Community Research and Action Plan: Economic and Social Rights
Students research human rights problems in their community. They analyze and report on data gathered, and develop an action plan to address problems related to social and economic rights.
AN EXAMINATION OF HOW GEOGRAPHICAL SETTLEMENTS LED TO AN ECONOMIC SYSTEM IN THE 13 COLONIES
Fourth graders investigate and justify the geographic reasons why the colonists settled in the locations they did, and how this led to their economic system using a map of the original thirteen colonies.
Using the Class Store to Teach Economic Principles
Students examine economic principles using a school store. In this school store development lesson, students explore consumer behaviors and concepts such as spending vs. saving, supply and demand, opportunity and cost, and inflation.
The Economics of the Family Farm
Kids read all about the family farm. They complete three activities to get a better understanding of the economics associated with the family farm. They'll complete a WebQuest, examine a farm in crisis, and investigate how a family farm is managed.
Conservation vs. Economic Growth
Investigate the choices people make between economic growth and personal growth and development using the ethical/decision making model. Small groups create and present a position paper describing their feeling for or against the conservation of resources.
Demand and Supply—It’s What Economics Is About!
In this economics lesson, students examine the principle of supply and demand related to the oil market as they identify factors that cause curves and shifts and determine equilibrium. Upper graders read an informational article and use their economic math skills to determine a supply and demand curve for a given data set.
Explorations in Economic Demand, Part I
Students examine a scenario set up for them about college and economics. They review what decisions are made and at what cost. They catalogue what should and shouldn't be bought as goods for the betterment of the whole picture or situation at hand.
Chapter 8: Introduction to Economic Growth and Instability
Help your young economists put the current financial situation into context with this fluid and informative presentation. Complete with a thorough list of key terms at the end and a useful navigation tool on each slide, the presentation takes viewers through the business cycle and the dynamics of unemployment. A discussion on inflation completes the conversation on the slides, though it will undoubtedly continue within your classroom walls.
Two birds with one stone. This reource instructs young learners how to create an MS Excel spreadsheet using economics vocabulary terms. They follow directions on how to open up the document, write labels in different cells, and cut and paste items. The step-by-step directions are clear and concise. When they finish the steps, learners print their work.
Recession is Not Recess
An impressive lesson plan produced by The Washington Post on various aspects of economics. This nine-page page lesson has an amazing variety of activities embedded in it for high school students. There are great worksheets, websites, articles, and in-class economic simulations embedded in this plan. Highly recommened for secondary learners.
The Ethics of Outsourcing to China
After viewing clips from a documentary on factory work in China and US outsourcing, learners have a fishbowl discussion. They work in groups to build both personal points of view and strong arguments on the effects of outsourcing in China. This lesson includes excellent resources and wonderful discussion questions intended to engage learners in building an economic and global perspective of US business overseas.
Greed is Good?
From Mr. Merdle to Mr. Madoff? A viewing of the PBS adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Little Dorrit” launches an examination of greedy characters in literature and a study of greed, unfairness, and economic hardship today. The richly detailed resource includes extension activities, interdisciplinary connections, and a list of related links. A great way to connect literature to current events!