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Clear and Present Danger
Students assume identities of lawmakers, judges, writers, and protestors during times in American history when freedoms of speech and press were limited because country was on the brink of war or fighting one. Students use primary source documents to evaluate issues of freedom of speech and the press versus national security and public safety, and draft new constitutional amendment that clearly defines government's powers in times of national crisis.
Differential Thermal Calorimetry
Students access prior knowledge of infrared rays, ultraviolet rays, gamma rays, x-rays and cosmic waves. In this electromagnetic waves lesson, students hold a mock trial electromagnetic spectrum. Students present characteristics of the various wave types and their position in the spectrum and debate over whether government should control them. Students complete a table to aid in presentations.
How Markets Work
Students explore the role of government in the economy market. For this economics lesson, students analyze the decision making and how it takes into consideration additional cost, benefits and public awareness of what they are trying to accomplish. They discuss marginal costs.
Money and Banking
Students explore the role of government in the economy market. In this economics instructional activity, students analyze the decision making and how it takes into consideration additional cost, benefits and public awareness of what they are trying to accomplish. They discuss marginal costs.
The Constitution (1781–1815)
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, learners respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the U.S. Constitution. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Balance of Power
Students explore the impact of the Federal Reserve Bank. In this central bank activity, students read specific selections out of their textbooks about the history of the bank and its role in the U.S economy. Students then select 1 of 7 extension activities to complete.
When the Winds Blow
Students examine the impact of hurricanes on people and government agencies. They describe the current weather, explore various websites, read and discuss articles, complete a crossword puzzle, and complete a media comparison chart.
Tic Tac Taxes!
Students identify and describe the need for taxation at three different government levels (federal, state, and local) and the three kinds of taxes that pay for services. They describe the basic structure and purpose of each tax (income, sales, and property).
Competition Works in our Flavor
Students read fact sheets and compare different malls and stores on how they compete for consumers. In this competition lesson plan, students learn about the role of the Federal Trade Commission and the goods and services they provide in order to reel in consumers.
Children and Family Law
Students examine children's rights and how laws can affect their education and daily life. Through the investigation of various cases, they assess how the best interests of children are either upheld or ignored and how the Constitution includes children's rights as well as those of adults.
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about the accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
Separation of Powers
Students examine the separation of powers in local and federal government. Using case studies, they review several instances of separation of powers. After reading the case studies, they write a brief opinion essays supporting their opinion on the separation of powers.
An Economic Mystery: What Happened to the Railroads?
Summarize how government policies and changes in consumer demand contributed to a decline in the rail industry during the 20th century and identify key factors that are helping the rail industry prosper. Learners give an ample amount of examples of how government policies have helped and hurt market participants.
A Trillion Here...A Trillion There
In this working with large numbers worksheet, students are given the finance statistics for the US and the world for the 2006-2007 year. Students solve 11 problems including finding averages and percentages for the given statistics and total debt.
Introduction to the National Debt
Learners relate the national debt to the economy. In this algebra lesson, 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.
Elbow Room - Exploring Population Density
In this population worksheet, students click on the links and research the internet about population, land, and government. Students answer 16 short answer questions including making spreadsheets.
World War II and Propaganda Efforts
Students define propaganda and list the various propaganda techniques used to influence people. They identify propaganda methods used by the American Government to encourage Americans to support the war effort
Is China to Blame?
Tenth graders explore the implications of participating in the global economy. In this global issues lesson, 10th graders discuss the decline of North Carolina's furniture industry and then participate in a global economy seminar.
Banking for Your Future
Students get a handle on their own personal finances. They discover how banks work, how to plan and stick to a budget, and other helpful tips on managing money. They study the Federal Reserve System, which oversees the nation's banks.
Students analyze the basic components and concepts of the United States Constitution and then create a "Class Constitution" to be used to maintain discipline and order throughout the school year.