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How does the Fed manipulate the money supply in the United States? After reading a comic book on monetary policy and answering guided questions, your class members will take part in an interactive online simulation in which they will discover how altering the federal funds rate affects unemployment and inflation. They will then create their own comic books detailing what they have learned about the Federal Reserve System.
From the First and Second Banks of the United States to the founding of the Federal Reserve, discover how the American nation attempted to reform its financial history throughout the years.
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.
Learners examine how to balance the federal budget. For this American economics lesson, students read the provided article "Congress Debates Cutting the Budget." Learners then collaborate in small groups to determine how to balance the budget and then respond to discussion questions about the experience.
Students investigate the purpose of a central bank.  For this economics/consumer mathematics lesson, students explore the actions of the Federal Reserve after the events of September 11, 2001.  Students investigate the role of the central bank in responding to a crisis in order to stabilize the economy. 
Students analyze the federal budget of the United States. In this national debt lesson plan, 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.
Learners examine current events to identify levels of power in government. In this federalism lesson, students define federalism by writing examples and drawing a graphic. Learners write lecture notes and determine which examples belong to each topic.
This lesson is packed with instructional material and activities on the Federal Reserve System, monetary policy, and the relationship between bank reserves, interest rates, employment, and price stability.
Using a federal power cheat sheet and readings on delegated powers of the national government in the United States, your young citizens will evaluate a hypothetical list of proposed laws for the state of "Pendiana". They will then determine which laws the state does not actually have the power to pass, and conclude by writing a fun eight-frame cartoon involving eight state powers of their choice.
Take your learners through a virtual tour of the US mint to learn about currency, and then discover the role of the Federal Reserve as the nation's central bank. Readings will also provide an overview of banks and lending, saving/investing, and the function of loaning.
After discussing personal financing with your class, consider following up with this well-rounded introduction to government spending. The resource includes reading documents and worksheets, and covers topics as the federal deficit and surplus, securities and interest, and mandatory and discretionary spending. 
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.
Seventh graders investigate the Federal reserve.  In this economics lesson, 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.
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.
Discuss how the Federal Open Market Committee makes decisions concerning the use of federal funds. After that, identify monetary policy and goals. The functions of the Federal Reserve System are explained with data, charts, and background information. 
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.