Government and the Economy Teacher Resources
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Consumer Price Index and Data
Students identify the rate and change in the consumer price index. In this algebra lesson, students put their business skills to the test by identifying factors causing inflation. They describe the effect inflation and deflation have on families and the economy.
Lesson Plan on Girls' Education
Students examine the obstacles in education faced by young girls in developing countries. Through discussion, they explore what international documents protect this basic human right.
Coup to Revolution: U.S. foreign Policy in Iran
Pupils read and discuss the Iran country Profile from the CIA World Factbook. They describe the current relationship between the United States and Iran. Students complete additional readings, and answer questions about them. They compare/contrast the situations during the 1950's and the 1970's with regard to internal Iranian politics and U.S. foreign policy.
Changing Circumstances, Changing U.S. Foreign Policy
Students examine how relationships between countries change overtime. They identify the factors that play a role in altering the relationships and contribute to U.S. foreign policy toward their country of research. Groups conduct their research using both print and non-print resources and present their information to the remainder of the class.
The Rise and Fall
Students take a closer look at the global industrial economy. In this current events lesson, students listen to a lecture about the infrastructure of the global economy, specifically how it affects Britain's Rover company. Students investigate where common products and goods are made. Students also examine the toll of global economics on local industries.
Marketplace: Oil Is a Slippery Business
Students examine the role of OPEC and how it affects the price of oil. Using the internet, they research its history and relationship among different industries. Analyzing data trends, they identify how it has priced oil over time. They evaluate OPEC's success in meeting its goals.
At Risk!: International Development Board Game
Eighth graders participate in a role-playing game to discover the difficulties facing developing nations. Through the game, an adaptation of "Risk," they explore themes dealing with global poverty, humanitarian assistance, international development, and the Millennium Development Goals.
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.
The CPI and You
Learners examine the consumer price index (CPI). In this economics lesson, students explore how the cost of living and inflation indicate the CPI. Learners complete activity worksheets in this lesson.
Market Failure: Externalities and their Remedies
In this macroeconomics learning exercise, students respond to 41 short answer and fill in the blank questions regarding economic concepts related to market failure.
The Business of Design
Middle schoolers visit the Design for the Other 90% exhibition. In this design lesson, student learn how to design for the population of the world that is poor or impoverished. In addition, students read New York Times articles and watch videos pertaining to economical design. Middle schoolers journal about their design ideas and work in small groups to make presentations.
Students investigate the inception of Social Security benefits provided by the Government. In this Social Security lesson plan, students debate whether or not people should be entitled to receive money from the government. Students view movie on Social Security, review historical documents, and discuss implications of the benefit.
Young scholars define the term "social entrepreneurs" and research several examples of this concept in action. They, in groups, research and discuss several questions.
Unit on International Monetary Fund and World Bank
Twelfth graders describe the purposes and functions of different international organizations. They discover the United States role in these organizations and the role of the World Bank.
Education for Global Citizenship: Going 'Global'
Pupils improve English language skills through multiple, varied exercises. In this ELL lesson, students identify useful information from several sources of oral information (news broadcast, speech, discussions). They also demonstrate reading comprehension by answering questions based on a written passage; complete vocabulary building exercises and write a persuasive essay.
World War II and the Cold War
In this global studies worksheet, learners read the noted pages in their textbooks and then respond to 12 short answer questions about World War II, the Cold War, and economic divisions.
Which Came First-Democracy or Growth?
Students investigate economic growth and standard of living. In this economics lesson, students investigate the GDP per capita and how it affects the economy. Students differentiate nominal and real GDP.
Students review economic trends from the past 30 years. They compare and contrast GDP and GNP. They identify other social indicators of economic progress as well.
Students investigate he concept of consumer credit by explaining the benefits of using credit. The costs of their use is discussed in the instructional activity and the criteria that is used in order to establish credit. They work in cooperative groups in order to complete the credit card fact sheet.
In this globalization activity, students, with a partner, discuss and complete a variety of activities associated with global warning and phrases connected to it.