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Lemonade For Sale
2-3rd graders listen to the story, Lemonade for Sale, by Stuart J. Murphy. In the story, children produce and sell lemonade to raise money for their clubhouse, create a product, classify the resources used in production as natural resources, capital resources, or human resources. Mathematics and language arts are integrated as they graph the lemonade sales and create an advertisement for lemonade. Note: The ideas presented could be applied to another "like" topic.
Extra Credit: It’s No Fairy Tale
Students discuss their knowledge of payday loans and credit cards. In this Economics lesson, students complete a read an article and Q&A activity in groups, and play a vocabulary bingo game and a quiz game on payday loans. Students review a case study on payday loans and calculate the costs of credit usage. Students write a final chapter for the case study based on their findings as an assessment.
Savers & Borrowers: Financial Markets in the United States
Investigate the current financial market and have your class explore savings, borrowing, financial markets, mutual funds, and the stock market. This four-part lesson is designed to help students become knowledgeable and informed consumers.
Something from Nothing
Young scholars identify opportunity costs. In this resources instructional activity students are read the story Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman. Young scholars list the things Grandpa makes Joseph. Students state why people make choices.
So Few of Me
Young scholars 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 young scholars 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.
Banking and Budgeting
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.
Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression
Learners barter for goods within the class. In this economics activity based on the Great Depression, the teacher introduces the activity 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.
On the Court with...Michael Jordan
Young scholars use a decision-making model as they make simulated choices about their future education. For this decision-making lesson, students read a book about Michael Jordan and discuss choices he made. Then, young scholars 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.
WHERE DID ALL THE MONEY GO? The Great Depression Mystery
Students use Internet research to try to figure out how the Great Depression occurred.
Globalization: Threat or Opportunity for the U.S. Economy?
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?"
Monster Musical Chairs
Learners experience scarcity in a game of musical chairs. For 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.
The Pickle Patch Bathtub
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.
How Is Our Economy Doing?
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.
The American Currency Exhibit
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.
A Car for College?
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.
Trish and Scott's Big Adventure: An Investigation of Regional Housing Costs
Learners explore the difference in regional housing costs.
Consumer Price Index and Inflation
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.
Pre WWII Germany - Inflation
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.
Banking 5: Introduction to Bank Notes
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.
To Get the Right Answers about College: Ask the Right Questions
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.