Government and the Economy Teacher Resources

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Students examine the consumer price index (CPI). For this economics lesson, students explore how the cost of living and inflation indicate the CPI. Students complete activity worksheets in this lesson.
Students investigate the inception of Social Security benefits provided by the Government.  In this Social Security lesson, 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  Students view movie on Social Security, review historical documents, and discuss implications of the benefit. 
In this macroeconomics worksheet, students respond to 41 short answer and fill in the blank questions regarding economic concepts related to market failure.
In this global studies activity, students 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.
Students define the term "social entrepreneurs" and research several examples of this concept in action. They, in groups, research and discuss several questions.
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.
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.
Learners investigate economic growth and standard of living. In this economics lesson, students investigate the GDP per capita and how it affects the economy. Learners differentiate nominal and real GDP.
Students 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.
High schoolers 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.
Young scholars investigate he concept of consumer credit by explaining the benefits of using credit. The costs of their use is discussed in the lesson plan 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.
Students explore the foundations of "new societies" such as those created by figures like Jefferson &  Ghandi, The evaluate the differences between what was intended and the actual reality of these societies including where the came from.
Students explore commercial space exploration. For this space lesson, students research NASA's proposal to utilize private companies for their space missions. Students view video segments on NASA public -private space flight partnerships, then present a sales pitch to the class, as if they were a commercial company. This lesson includes many interesting resources.
In this global studies worksheet, students read the noted pages in their textbooks and then respond to 8 short answer questions about Japanese involvement in World War II.
For this globalization worksheet, students, with a partner, discuss and complete a variety of activities associated with global warning and phrases connected to it.
Students read about a girl who takes a trip during the time of the State Capital moving to Indianapolis and then write their own essay about a trip that they took. In this Indianapolis Government lesson plan, students use maps and complete discussion questions.
Learners investigate the causes and consequences of population growth and the envrionmental factors that contribute to it. They discuss what they think the world's population will be in 2050.
Students examine the U.S. trade deficit. In this global economics lesson, students read excerpts of selected articles and analyze economic reports to identify the implications of having a deficit. Discussion questions are provided.
Students compare the Chinese practice of footbinding to the Western practice of wearing corsets to discover universal issues involving women's rights. The lesson emphasizes small group discussions.
Students collect background information about costs of hosting Olympics, prepare presentation about Chicago's bid to host 2016 Summer Olympics, debate pros and cons of going to Chicago, and present findings to classmates.