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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. 
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.
Students 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.
Middle schoolers explain the basic positions of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. They chart the differences and similarities between state and federal governments. They write a persuasive essay in response to an open-ended question.
Students examine how to balance the federal budget. For 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.
First, review key economic indicators as they relate to the Federal Reserve and macroeconomics. Then, analyze economic data that reflects the Federal use of money through monetary policy. Data, teacher notes, and multiple web links are 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.
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 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.
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.
Pupils examine current events to identify levels of power in government. In this federalism lesson, students define federalism by writing examples and drawing a graphic. Pupils write lecture notes and determine which examples belong to each topic.
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.
Seventh graders investigate the Federal reserve.  In this economics lesson plan, 7th graders participate in a simple banking simulation to learn how banks take in deposits, make loans, and hold reserves.  Students study the purpose of the Federal reserve.
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.
Follow the Federal Open Market Committee announcements and newspapers to look for stories about the Federal Reserve actions that target interest rates and boost spending and employment in the United States. This lesson incorporates math, economics, and current events in a real world context.
Young scholars examine the Federal Reserve System.  In this secondary economics lesson, students view a DVD titled In Plain English:  Making Sense of the Federal Reserve.  Young scholars 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 lesson, 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 become familiar with the Federalist papers and the work of the federal government.  In this federalism activity, students find similarities and differences between state and federal government.
Students research and prepare a persuasive paper on how federal courts should be constructed in a new country. In this Federal Court System instructional activity, students decide whether they should model a new country's federal courts after the US court system or create a new type of federal court system. Students also demonstrate how power of the courts in this new country will be limited.
Students examine the pros and cons of state sovereignty vs. federalism, as argued by the Founding Fathers. They identify the basic positions of each side, complete a worksheet, and write a persuasive essay arguing for Jefferson or Hamilton.