Financial Crises Teacher Resources
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The Effect of the Asian Financial Crisis on the Korean American Community
Students examine the impact of the Asian financial crisis of 1998. In this global studies lesson, students participate in a simulation that allows them to investigate the implications of the 1998 Asian financial crisis on the Korean American community in Philedelphia. Students compose essays based on their findings.
An Overview of the European Union, Eurozone, and the European Debt Crisis
This is a solid introduction to the European Union and the debt crisis of the late 2000s through 2012. Class members watch a PowerPoint, take notes, read passages, answer questions, and work in groups to write a fable that illustrates a lesson about the financial crisis. This resource provides excellent handouts, with clear instructions for the fable as well as a rubric.
Financial Crisis Glossary
Students explore the background and vocabulary that makes up the financial crisis glossary. In this economics lesson, students are able to understand the current crisis that our economy is in by reading current events, having group discussions on findings and writing about the affects the economy has on them personally.
Teaching in a Time of Crisis
Students react to the current financial crisis. In this community building lesson plan, students are given the opportunity to voice their thoughts and feelings on the current financial crisis in the safety of a classroom meeting.
Reforming Wall Street & its Booms, Bubbles & Busts
High schoolers examine Wall Street Reform. In this current events lesson, students read the provided articles "Why a Financial Crisis?," "Deception and Leadership Failure=Boom, Bubble, Burst," and "How Can a Future Financial Crisis be Prevented?" High schoolers respond to discussion questions that accompany the articles.
Bailout 1: Liquidity vs. Solvency
Introducing the circumstance surrounding the 2008 bailout and financial crisis, Sal uses a simplified analogy to help students to see the heart of the matter. He covers the importance of credit and credit scores, as well as what happens when one's liabilities are larger than one's assets.
California Electricity Crisis
Students study the causes of electricity shortage in California in 2000-2001. In this social studies lesson, students evaluate the effect of the deregulation process. They discuss the actions taken by the government to solve the crisis.
Debt: Who Does it Affect?
Debt is a topic that affects everybody: the community, the nation, and the entire globe. Kids take charge of debt by designing a project that informs those in their community about good financial choices, keeps personal debt low, and advocates ways to get out of debt. Web links, cross-curricular extensions, and targeted vocabulary make this a great lesson!
The Financial Crisis: What Happened? Where do Things Stand Now?
Learners listen to and watch a presentation by Julie Stackhouse on the 2010 financial crisis in the United States. In this economics lesson, students engage in a presentation which is designed to be listened to by High School classes.
Globalization and the Economic Crisis
Students take a closer look at the global economic crisis of 2008. In this global issues lesson plan, students analyze political cartoons related to the crisis that struck several nations. Students discuss their impressions of the crisis.
Financial Planning For Catastrophe
Students explore the concept of financial planning for a catastrophe. For this financial planning lesson, students discuss the devastation that Hurricane Katrina wrought on the Gulf Coast. Students create budgets to plan for a catastrophe. Students discuss and compare insurance rates.
The Catastrophe Clan
Students participate in a financial project and identify the three c's of credit. In this credit card activity, students define and understand how to use credit wisely. Students become familiar with banking terms and types of credit. Students read a skit about the Catastrophe clan who take on a dishonest credit lender. Students answer questions about credit and banking. Students write about the results of the poor use of credit.
20th Centrury Capitalism and Regulation in the United States
The speaker in this lecture takes the viewer on a journey through the world of modern finance, from the era of Rockefeller and Vanderbilt to the 2008 financial crisis. Exploring the presence of the American government in the economy, this lecture ponders the need for regulation or de-regulation throughout the presidencies of the 20th Century in the United States. Students will have a stronger grasp of both the beginnings of the American economy and the implications on our society today.
Oil Crisis: What Would You Do?
The dynamics between the economies and politics of the United States and the Middle East are here to study. Upper graders read and discuss scenarios relating to OPEC and the current oil crisis, then in small groups role-play members of Congress. Teams identify solutions for addressing their concerns, and create a presentation.
Why Study Economic Downturns?
Research and connect America's current economic downturn with the 1929 Stock Market Crash and the Great Depression.
Cartoons for the Classroom: The Credit Crisis
Political cartoons are interesting and motivating, and they provide a great opportunity for critical informational analysis. This resource includes background information on the current credit crisis, a political cartoon, and three in-depth analysis questions. Appropriate for grades 11 and 12.
High Earners Can Still Struggle
Students explore the concept of financial trouble. In this financial trouble lesson, students read an article about people who earn large salaries, but still have financial trouble. Students discuss ways to avoid and get out of debt. Students create a budget of their own finances.
The French Revolution: "Those who have and those who have not"
Ninth graders examine the reigns of the absolute monarchs and the monetary crisis of the French government.
Five Thousand Dollars!
How does consumerism affect global poverty? Upper graders find out about cost benefit, wants and needs, and making good consumer choices as they explore this global topic. They role-play an impulse spending experience and work through the process of making a wise choice about buying an expensive item. This includes cross-curricular extension activities.
Introduction to the Income Statement
Making money in a company isn't a straightforward process as scholars discover in this clip on the basic income statement. Sal explains what this is and lays out a scenario showing the various subtractions a company makes from their revenue to get the money actually paid to owners. He incorporates variable and fixed costs to get the gross profit and then further subtracts for the operating profit, pre-tax profit, and net income. Learners view a simple balance sheet and explore the return on assets ratio as well as a return on equity percentage.