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Students examine making choices when one person is presented with many options, but can only choose one activity. In this decision-making and scarcity lesson, students are introduced to the topic by reading So Few of Me as the students observe that there is always more to do than there is time for and choices that must be made. Then, students work in groups to make choices in a summer camp schedule and after-school schedule and identify opportunity costs.
Middle schoolers explore personal finance. They investigate spending, saving, and budgeting. Practice writing checks, managing a checking account, and developing a personal saving plan. A great way to bring the real world into the classroom.
Learners barter for goods within the class. In this economics lesson based on the Great Depression, the teacher introduces the lesson with a picture book, then students are allowed to barter with teacher supplied goods as they examine how bartering works within small groups, then within larger groups.
Students use a decision-making model as they make simulated choices about their future education. In this decision-making lesson, students read a book about Michael Jordan and discuss choices he made. Then, students examine how their choices represent an investment in human capital. Groups build a tower with paper cups and are given physical handicaps based on investments in human capital through their higher education.
Students use Internet research to try to figure out how the Great Depression occurred.
Students study the pros and cons of globalization. They highlight the economic concepts of comparative advantage, specialization, and opportunity cost. They read and discuss the "FRBSF Economic Letter: Globalization: Threat or Opportunity for the U.S. Economy?"
In one of his most clear-cut and simple presentations, Sal discusses the difference between collateralizing a loan and creating a purchase agreement. With an example of a watch and a kidney transplant, the video thoroughly explains the way each agreement works - and to put it into context, how it relates to banking and the Federal Reserve.
Students define gross domestic product, real GDP, consumer price index, interest rate, and unemployment rate. They explain how GDP, the consumer price index, industrial production, Treasury interest rates, changes in non-farm payrolls, and the unemployment rate are calculated.
Students experience scarcity in a game of musical chairs. In this scarcity and economics lesson, students read Monster Musical Chairs, then the class discusses wants, needs, and scarcity in relation to their own experiences. The class plays musical chairs as a comparison to how you can have wants that aren't fulfilled due to scarcity.
Students create a savings plan based on savings goals. In this savings and economics lesson, students are introduced the concept of savings and financial choices through the book The Pickle Patch Bathtub, then students create their own savings plan that parallels the savings plan presented in the story.
Examine the historical structure, the purposes, and functions of the United States monetary system. Your class engages in a scavenger hunt to compare U.S. currency notes from specific eras throughout U.S. history. They work to identify the key security features in the newly designed $10 note.
With bright, simple diagrams, Sal explains the role of the Federal Reserve as it relates to lending rates between banks. He discusses open market operations and the way the "Fed" connects to Congress and the U.S. Government.
In this budgeting lesson, students use given income and expenses to create a chart and decide if they can afford a car. Web research is used to find current prices for each expense and selected terms and concepts. Students create a PowerPoint presentation as a final project.
Taking viewers through the process of creating a reserve bank (Federal Reserve), Sal introduces the idea of government involvement in modern banking. Additionally, he explains the obligation of the government to cover the reserves, and why bonds issued by the government are risk-free.
Students explore the difference in regional housing costs.
Currently inflation, unemployment, our GDP, and Federal Reserve are all impacting the consumer price index. But what does this mean for consumers and producers under the US Economics system? Learners research data and websites, and engage in a class discussion to find out.
Eleventh graders differentiate between inflation and hyperinflation. They explain the economic conditions in Germany before WWII and the roles of government in a market economy. They analyze the importance of keeping inflation under control in an industrialized country.
Sal explains the concepts of bank notes in this video, leading viewers to the natural conclusion that his illustration looks a lot like a dollar bill - and therefore, one is very much like the other. Wealth creation and the Federal Reserve Bank are two important topics that your class will easily understand after seeing this lecture.
Students survey college students.  In this lesson, students explore typical costs.  They examine education loans.  Students complete a FASFA form and write an essay describing plans for obtaining money for college expenses.
Young scholars get financially fit. For this economics lesson, student participate in a series of activities that challenge them to understand how to use credit.

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