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To the North: A Black Family Leaves Arkansas to Find Work in Michigan
Upper elementary and middle school scholars study the economic factors that caused so many Arkansans to migrate to different parts of the country looking for work. Use this history lesson plan to help your charges gain a better understanding of the living conditions many people endured from The Great Depression through World War II. Elements of mathematics, visual art, and music are also incorporated into this fine plan.
Lebron James, The Cavaliers, and Derived Demand
Can a professional athlete affect local economics? According to the philosophy of utilitarianism, it can. Learners examine the connection between Lebron James's choice to move to the Miami Heat and the affect his choice had on local economics. They define economic terminology, watch a video on the topic, and then complete a spider diagram showing the connection between major business choices and local economy.
The Future of the School Bus
Economics classes explore the cost benefits and drawbacks of using biodiesel to run school buses, as well as the environmental impact. They also explore ideas for improving this important mode of transportation. This resource is well-designed, with clear standards, instructions, and assessment; however, the topic may not resonate with high school students.
Lesson: Looking Closer: The Artwork of Shinique Smith
A critical discussion regarding the nature of Shinique Smith's second-hand clothing art is the foundation for the lesson. Critical thinkers fully analyze the meaning behind her work, taking close consideration of where the clothing came from and where it will end up. They listen to an NPR piece about the global economic impact of trade and relate it to Smith's artistic vision and social message.
Liberty and Security in Contemporary China
Upper graders consider contemporary Chinese economics, political viewpoints, and government. This unit covers a span of several class periods or six days, and engages learners in a variety of skills based activities. They conduct Internet reasearch, engage in discussion groups, create essay outlines, present multimedia presentations, and synthesize and evaluate informational resource. A full appendix is included.
Town, Tales, and Timelines
Second graders study Ancient India, Ancient China, and/or Modern Japan in an integrated unit lasting between 6-9 weeks. Economic concepts are taught for each country, and the art teacher integrates art from these countries culminating "town simulation event."
Introduction To The European Union
A lot happened to European economics, policy, and social systems after WWII. This 24 page social studies packet provides images, reading passages, comprehension questions, and critical thinking questions regarding all things Europe from 1945-1980. Extensive, complete, and well worth your time.
The Economy and Consumer Confidence
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.
College or Bust?
Based on a New York Times article, "The College Drop-Out Boom," participants in a fishbowl discussion formulate and express opinions about the correlation between level of education, career options, and economic mobility. Ample procedural details and discussion questions are provided in this resource from the Learning Network. The link to a follow-up article recommended for homework isn't functional; use our link or search the article title on the Times site to find it.
The Industrial Age in America: Sweatshops, Steel Mills, and Factories
Middle schoolers investigate the working conditions during the Age of Industrialization. They research how workers reacted to the conditions and discuss the results of labor movement.
People and Places in the North and South
Students analyze and discuss photographs, census information and other primary sources in an exploration of how socio-economic issues in the North and South affected the lives of ordinary Americans in the years leading up to the Civil War.
Child Labor in America
Students investigate child labor during the Great Depression. In this US policy lesson, students evaluate multiple layers of the social, economic, and political affects of policy during the Great Depression. Students will engage in 5 different activities, each building on the other to assist them in understanding the conditions and concepts of child labor in the US. This lesson includes extension activities and multiple web resources.
The Economics of Risk
Students consider the plight of immigrant food industry workers in the United States. In this social justice instructional activity, students identify the pros and cons of being an undocumented worker in the U.S. and discuss labor laws.
Financial Crisis Glossary
Students explore the background and vocabulary that makes up the financial crisis glossary. In this economics lesson, students are able to understand the current crisis that our economy is in by reading current events, having group discussions on findings and writing about the affects the economy has on them personally.
Examine the Great Depression with your pupils. First you'll discuss the causes of the Great Depression, such as the stock market crash of 1929. Then, you'll examine key facts, like the Dust Bowl, the New Deal, and economic recovery.
Focus on Economic Data: US Real GDP Growth, August 26, 2011
Young economists answer a series of critical thinking questions as they analyze real data that shows GDP Growth. They examine the provided charts, read through the background information, and discuss changes that occurred in the third quarter of 2011.
What is Economics?
Students define economics and explain the importance and process of making economic choices and decisions. Students participate in four lessons revolving around economics and select activities to complete.
China's Changing Economic Concerns
Young scholars investigate information on China's social and economic status.
Economics: It's a Matter of Power
Students 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.
Banking 3: Fractional Reserve Banking
With just 1000 pieces of fictional gold, Sal takes viewers through the process of fractional reserve banking. He explains how deposits made into a bank can be both assets and liabilities, and the role of having reserves. Additionally, he demonstrates the multiplier effect to show how the modern banking system is sustained.