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Finance: Depreciation (Double Declining)
Of particular interest to a group of business and finance pupils, this lesson explores depreciation of automobile values by comparing the double declining balance to the straight line method. Mostly this is done through a slide presentation and the working of sample problems together as a class. Along the way, they use decimals and percents, and also investigate exponential decay and linear relationships. A pretest, guided practice, individual practice, and posttest handout are all provided.
Social Studies: Campaign Finance Reform
Students develop arguments for and against campaign finance reform, examine federal and state laws that attempt to limit contributions to political candidates, evaluate various plans for campaign finance reform and formulate their own programs.
An Introduction to Personal Finance
Students study personal finance and building wealth. In this economics lessons, students use Federal Reserve Bank publications to research answers and to make written recommendations for solutions to problems presented by several callers to a show viewed. Students also increase awareness of budgeting, saving, credit cards and insurance.
Micro Financing and Social Responsibility
Pupils discuss social responsibility and financing in today's society and use English financial terms. In this financing and social responsibility lesson plan, students also fill out worksheets to practice using English financial terms.
Just Sign Here: Bottom-Line Personal Finance Myths
Students explore budgeting myths. In this personal finance lesson, students complete a series of activities that help them recognize the pros and cons of credit. Students also discover the process for obtaining loans. This lesson includes several worksheets and supplementary materials.
Students examine the dynamics of family finances. In groups, they discuss the importance of a budget and create their own given a fictional amount of money. As a class, they listen to a speaker from the bank discussing the importance of saving and opening up a checking account. To end the lesson, they participate in a candy experiment to practice using a budget.
Bottom-Line Personal Finance Myths
High schoolers investigate the concept of personal finance. They take a look at some of the misconceptions that surround many financial responsibilities. Students examine statistics and other factors in order to comprehend sound principles that can benefit those who practice them.
Personal Finance: Buying Into the System
Eleventh graders confront basic personal finance choices they will face throughout their lives. There is a natural progression to the lessons, beginning with career choices, leading into budgeting and planning, and ending with the impact of credit and long-term savings and investing.
Campaign Finance Reform and Public Opinion
Students discuss the issue of finance reform in political campaigns. Using the internet, they identify the positives and negatives of finance reform and research the problems associated with campaign fund-raising. They share their findings and opinions with the class to end the activity.
Sources of Finance
Students determine the difference between internal and external sources of finance. They justify their judgment decisions and how they sources their businesses.
New Cars? Selecting and Financing
Twelfth graders determine probabilities of real-life events such as life expectancies, winning a lottery ticket, and the break-even premium. They deduce what percent of markup is. Students are able to compare terms for financing a car and can define vocabulary associated with the instructional activity such as markup, financing, and finance charge.
Math of Finance
Learners calculate interest on a total amount. In this algebra lesson, students create formulas based on the percent of interest and calculate the total amount of interest. They take hold of their money through knowledge of finance.
Calculating the Cost of Living
Bring Consumer Mathematics and Economics to life with this lesson, where learners investigate personal finance and budgeting. They use the newspaper’s classified section to determine a future job and potential earnings and determine a gross and monthly income as they use the data to calculate the cost of living.
Ninth graders investigate the study of finances regarding occupations, purchases, insurances, and housing. They prepare a budget using 10,000.00 dollars to purchase a vehicle, down payment on a house and applicable insurances for the house and vehicle. They create a Power Point presentation
Personal Finance and Budget
Investigate personal finances and budgeting with your middle schoolers. They calculate their cost of living given various costs of amenities. They use their calculations to determine if their expenses exceed their income, if so they must re-do their budget. A great activity, that really brings economics to life.
Vehicle Comparison Shopping
This is part of a larger unit on cars (financing, insurance, budget, etc.). Before comparison shopping for their ideal car, teens fill out a survey on their transportation preferences. In related lessons, they consider financing, insurance, and car maintenance as they make their decision. This is not recommended as a stand-alone activity, but is an important component of the larger unit which is easily accessible from this web page.
Monthly Budget & Operating Costs
What teenager wouldn't want a car? But before they make that big purchase, this exercise helps them to understand the costs involved. It includes a worksheet to calculate expenses like taxes and fees, maintenance, gas and insurance, as well as personal finance information. A really solid exercise for young people, this is just one of a series on personal transportation considerations, and other finance lessons.
Students use a variety of Web sites to obtain specific information about the campaign finances of different Presidential hopefuls. They create graphs that illustrate all of the aspects of campaign finances researched,
Car Loan Project
What high school kids doesn't want a car? Motivate your economics class with this real life economics lesson. They use their knowledge of economic concepts and mathematical calculations in deciding, hypothetically, what car to buy and how to finance the purchase. They work with their families to experience a real-life math and economics application.
Money Smart children
Students elementary financial vocabulary words: spend, save, invest and donate. In this finance instructional activity, students respond to the story "Sam and the Lucky Moon." Students describe the concepts of wants and needs, resources, scarcity, opportunity and cost. Students define spend, save, invest and donate.