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- Cincinnati, OH
Federalism Teacher Resources
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Groups of four high schoolers take a look at the Federal Reserve, and study the impacts associated with the tweaks they make to our economic system. Each group is given a true economic scenario from our nation's past, and must compile a report that is given to the rest of the class. Detailed instructions and an excellent student worksheet/study guide are both embedded in a fine high school economics lesson plan.
Students complete practice problems dealing with changes in required reserves, excess reserves (loanable funds), and the money supply. They role-play in scenarios in which they must decide upon the appropriate federal policy. They research the economic conditions for a specific region of the country and propose federal policies that would improve economic conditions.
Explore American Federal design as it pertains to furniture, architecture, and influences on modern style. By the end of this lesson plan, learners should be able to recognize Federal design, its place in history, and how it has influenced modern styles. PowerPoint, images, web links, rubric, and lesson plan outline are all included.
Examine the Federal Reserve System and how monetary policy effects various aspects of the US economics system. Here you'll find all the necessary data and background information to lead a lecture on the Federal Reserve. You'll also find web links and two activity ideas intended to help upper graders understand how financial policies are made.
Learners describe the relationships between state and federal parliaments in Australia. They identify responsibilities shared between federal and state and territory governments. Students explore an alternative federal structure by creating new state boundaries and redistributing power. They explain and justify the new federal model.
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.
Twelfth graders identify and define in writing, various economic terms by conducting a Web search. In this macroeconomics lesson, 12th graders explain the development process and purpose of the Federal Reserve's Beige Book by conducting a search and completing a question sheet. Students also list and describe the significant of major economic sectors outlined in the Beige Book.
With an actual balance sheet from the Federal Reserve (from 2007, before all of the "banking silliness" began to happen), Sal walks viewers through the assets, liabilities, and equity of the Fed. Pupils will be pleased to see how the theories they've studied in class apply directly to the Federal Reserve, and they will be able to put the process of federal banking into a strong context.
How can redistricting affect the outcome of state elections? How can it affect federal policy? A clip from the PBS special report, "Redistricting, Drawing the Lines," motivates class groups to investigate the origins of this political maneuver and current controversies. Handouts, extensions, activities, and rubrics are included in the richly detailed plan.
Have your class investigate the functions of the Federal Reserve Banks in this 29 page unit. They participate in a banking activity that explores the fractional reserve banking system. They identify the three basic functions of the Federal Reserve System and reflect on the validity of a dozen statements about the Federal Reserve.
Students examine the Federal Reserve System. In this secondary economics lesson, students view a DVD titled In Plain English: Making Sense of the Federal Reserve. Students take notes and work in groups to review the information. Students individually select a home-learning research project related to the Federal Reserve.
Students research the branches of government. In this federal court system instructional activity, students use internet research and NoteFolio technology to research the structure and purpose of the federal courts. In groups of three, they create a record of an assigned court system and create timelines.
Students investigate the functions of the Federal Reserve System, which include providing financial services, supervising and regulating commercial banks to keep the banking/financial system sound and conducting monetary policy to keep the economy healthy. In the Federal Reserve lesson, students are divided into different groups (cash, check, loan, producer) and participate in a variety of activities to gain a better understanding of the Federal Reserve System.