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Buy a house most high schoolers can't even drive! Your're never to young to start thinking about the future or to put economic and financial reasoning skills to work. Learners explore factors that they need to consider when buying or renting a house. They visit web sites, complete activities, and determine the money needed to live the life they want.
The shadow market, sounds suspicious. To determine what the shadow market is and how the absence or presence of rent-controlled units impacts the cost of housing, learners plot data on bar charts. This is a full and complete lesson, well thought through, and worth a click of the mouse.

Ana Finds an Apartment

5th - Higher Ed
Because of the topic of this reading comprehension and vocabulary activity, it would probably be best used with adults in an ESL class. The 10 question reading activity, which focuses on vocabulary involving renting an apartment, could also be used with upper elementary and older students as a reading comprehension activity.

My Living Arrangements

11th - Higher Ed
Learners identify various housing options, focusing on rental vs. purchase and short vs. long term. With a partner, students discuss their housing situation. Once their discussion is complete, learners write a brief paragraph weighing the pros and cons of their housing situation.
Young scholars examine an advertisement. In this language arts instructional activity, students use the for rent advertisements to select an apartment that meets their needs.
Students read and discuss the book, The House On Mango Street. They debate the concept of marriage, discuss the characters, and analyze key concepts of the book.
Students analyze House on Mango Street. In this House on Mango Street lesson plan, students complete a pre-reading activity for vignettes from the story. Students follow with lessons about self definition and identity, friendships, neighborhoods, and homes, and freedom and entrapment.

CPI Index

11th - Higher Ed
Get an introductory course on inflation and the Consumer Price Index as Sal breaks down American disposable income based on government analysis. He focuses on housing percentages, explaining inconsistencies in the rental equivalence approach versus the previously used asset price method. Sal uses the Case-Shiller Index to show learners how the housing market collapse of 2009 created an underestimated CPI for housing. Learners contemplate the effect this has had on Social Security payments with regard to inflation.
Students study the civil rights law of the fair housing act and reinforce learning by playing different intriguing games like Minority Monopoly, which teach diversity adn equality.
Students discuss their housing options and factors which affect housing costs. Using the newspaper as a resource, students compare and contrast the prices of housing options. Working with partners, students compare and contrast their housing situations. This lesson plan is intended for students acquiring English.
What financial situations and decisions await young learners after they graduate from high school? This project allows class members to glimpse into the types of responsibilities they will have as adults, from considering job opportunities to determining the costs of banking, rent, transportation, utilities, etc.
Students discuss types of housing, cost, location and terminology used in classified ads. They write a paragraph describing their image of the ideal home then exchange papers and edit each other's work.
In this census worksheet, students analyze the front page of the 2010 Census form. Students answer 4 essay questions about the purpose of the U.S. Census and how to fill out the form.

New! Unintended Consequences

9th - 12th
What would your class members say to the opportunity to take two years off of school between grades 10 and 11? Examine the economic concepts of costs, benefits, and unintended consequences with this unique and engaging approach.

Moving Out

9th - 11th
Students determine their cost of living.  In this determining their cost of living instructional activity, students think of ten necessary things they would need if they moved out of their parents house.  Students research the cost of renting an apartment, utilities, groceries, care insurance, and other expenses.  Students write a reflection about their findings and make a circle graph of their expenses.
What makes a good life? What makes life hard? Get your class thinking about the global picture with this extensive packet. They read quotes from around the world, analyze statistical data from every continent, then read and answer critical thinking questions related to household income and basic human needs. An economic and social break-down of the needs of five different families from around the world is included. 

Proof Sheet

7th - 9th
In this career learning exercise, learners identify and calculate their expenses if they had an apartment. They figure how much money they should save each month and budget.
Here's a real life research project that should get those upper graders excited! They conduct research into everything they'll need to know before moving out on their own. They compare university tuition, housing, textbooks, living arrangements, leases, credit card offers, and financial aid packages. This lesson is top-notch, and it offers essay tips, financial aid links, and motivational speech links.
This lesson explores structural racism by revealing the important role that family wealth plays in shaping life chances how opportunities to accumulate wealth have been racialized, and the roots and consequences of the current race-based wealth gap.
Students explore the concept a higher education yields higher earnings. Throughout the class, students visit six workstations and examine occupations, education, salaries, spending, banking, and taxes. As students rotate through the stations, they simulate life: earning money, paying bills, finding housing, transportation, and creating a budget. Students discuss how they felt about settling for less than they wanted or having enough with some left over.

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