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- Jonathan M.
- Wichita, KS
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Students examine how to balance the federal budget. In this American economics lesson, students read the provided article "Congress Debates Cutting the Budget." Students then collaborate in small groups to determine how to balance the budget and then respond to discussion questions about the experience.
Class members watch the video, “Implications of the 2010 Midterm Elections: Battle for the Federal Budget,” examine political cartoons, and analyze the impact the 2010 midterm election results had on Barack Obama’s presidency. Originally designed for use before the elections, the resource could be used to compare the expected results with actual events.
Students analyze the federal budget of the United States. In this national debt instructional activity, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of the balancing the federal budget. Students respond to discussion questions pertaining to the lecture.
Students explore the federal budget-making process. In this federal government lesson, students discover how the federal budget is established as they refer to the law-making process and conduct additional research. Students create flow charts represent the stages of the process.
Young scholars discover details about the federal budget. In this contemporary government lesson, students research the efforts to maintain a balanced federal budget in the United States since the 1980's. Young scholars then participate in a debate about methods used to balance the budget.
Students relate the national debt to the economy. In this algebra instructional activity, students discuss what the national debt is, create a national budget based on priority and what the government should spend money on. They analyze their findings using a bar and pie graph and discuss the results with the class.
Students identify the different components that make up the federal budget. They discuss the relationship between government revenues and spending and between budget deficits and the national debt. Students predict how changes in federal spening and taxation would affect budget deficits and surpluses and the national debt.
Students are introduced to the economic roles of the federal government. Using the internet, they read information related to government spending and the actual dollar amounts attached to budget items. In groups, they develop their own budget for the government and compare them with the actual budget. They also discuss the shifts in economic policy since the end of the Cold War.
Young scholars identify major sources of revenue for government spending and identify the type of tax that makes up the largest percentage of the federal budget. They are introduced to the major services provided by local, state and national governments and describes how these services are paid for.
Students brainstorm a list of items that should be a priority for the government to help its citizens. Using an out of date budget, they identify individual line items and the conflicts involved in making a budget work. They discuss how the Board of Supervisors helps shape public policy in the county.