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Investigate the current financial market and have your class explore savings, borrowing, financial markets, mutual funds, and the stock market. This four-part lesson plan is designed to help students become knowledgeable and informed consumers.
New Review What Do Financial Market Indicators Tell Us?
Explain the four categories of financial indicators (commodity prices, stock indexes, interest rates, and yield spreads), and help your class members understand how changes in this data can affect decisions regarding consumer spending, loans, and retirement plans.
Students learn that money has value by examining the history, meaning of money. market structures and pricing. For this analysis lesson, students use exchange rates to find the cost of an item different currencies.
New Review Quantitative Easing Explained
Dig deeper into the financial crisis of 2008 in the United States and actions taken by the federal government, including the bailouts and purchase of institutions as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to bolster financial market conditions.
For this ESL worksheet, students read or listen to a text about problems with the Internet in Asia. Students then choose from or complete all of 100 exercises about the article including vocabulary, comprehension and discussion.
For this U.S. dollar worksheet, students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about the U.S. dollar. Students complete 10 activities total.
Eighth graders review the stock market and what it means to invest in the stock market. They act out a play about stockbrokers and investors which shows how a transaction is made in an organized stock exchange, such ans the NYSE.
A presentation like this may be good for your learners and their parents. Discover the ins, outs, and in-betweens regarding financial markets. Slides are straightforward, easy to follow, and provide basic information for building a functional understanding of US economics.
Using Mark Twain's The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, invite your learners to consider the concept of virtue in a democratic society devoted to gain and self-interest. This stellar resource guides your class members through a close reading and discussion, and also includes a video seminar illustrating what high-level discourse regarding the text looks like.
Review the Great Depression in the United States from an economist's perspective, examining roots of the crash, government policy actions, and policies instituted by the Fed.
New Review The Federal Reserve and Monetary Policy
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.
New Review Policy Issue Report
Acting as executive agencies preparing reports to present to the public, your learners will use these detailed project guidelines and choose from a wide range of policies (i.e. NAFTA, national health care, Israeli relations, and global warming) to research and discuss with the class.
Delve into the concept of economic growth with your class members, including why economic growth is important, what causes it, and how can countries encourage it.
Get the lowdown on the most sweeping financial regulatory reform since the Great Depression: the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
Your young economists will explore the roots of fears about high inflation by learning the effects of rising prices during the world wars and in particular the Great Inflation of the 1970s.
Discover the impact and importance of data releases about current economic conditions in the United States. Your class members will learn about data revision and the GDP, and how these figures can alter people's views on the economy.
How does the Federal Open Market Committee work to formulate the nation's monetary policy in the United States? As the second segment of a instructional activity on the role of the Fed in setting monetary policy, class members will learn about open market operations and stagflation and work in groups to evaluate several different monetary policy scenarios.
After reviewing his hypothetical business startup, Sal outlines stock distribution based on pre-money valuation and a $5 million investment from angel donor. He goes over the fluctuating percentage of ownership once an investor is introduced and per share value. Once scholars have a vivid picture of the company's assets, they begin to understand the first steps to getting it off the ground. What happens if most of the liquid assets are gone and the idea hasn't turned a profit? Sal heads back to the venture capital world, describing the role of seed investors. He introduces this type of investing as Series A Financing, but doesn't go into detail about it just yet.
Analyze the issues that affect the state of the economy. Have your class explore media reports about recent economic recessions, the housing bubble, and loan defaults in order to chart information about recessions and participate in an activity based on the labor market. This activity is a good way to practice evaluating claims in a text. All links and handouts are included. Use this resource to emphasize textual evidence to support an argument.