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New Review The Fed’s Toolbox
This lesson is packed with instructional material and activities on the Federal Reserve System, monetary policy, and the relationship between bank reserves, interest rates, employment, and price stability.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 9 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review Compounding with 100% Interest Rates
Your young economists will be amazed at the effect of compounding interest more frequently in this collaborative task about making sound financial choices. Learners are walked through the calculations of a couple of examples and then expected to continue the calculations in a table of values.
9th - 12th Math 3 Views 1 Download CCSS: Designed
New Review Compounding with a 5% Interest Rate
The balance in an account continuously compounding interest is the context of this engaging task. Your young accountants will investigate the ending balance in an account as they compound the interest more and more. Learners write the general algebraic form of the model and then use it to find how the number e is involved in continually compounding interest.
9th - 12th Math 3 Views 0 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Economics of Interest Rates
Young economists explore and then apply their understanding of the economics of interest rates and the relationship between saving and spending. They investigate several consumer products and compare each one. Then they complete two additional activities using the information they've found.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download
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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 4 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review Interesting Interest Rates
Your young bankers compare earning interest accumulated yearly and monthly to decide which method most increases their balance. Using an exponential function to model the bank balance affords the learners more practice connecting these handy equations to a real-life context.
9th - 12th Math 6 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Designed
LIBOR: London InterBank Offer Rate
Sal explains the relationship of FIBOR to interest rates and to other interbank borrowing rates, such as the Federal Funds Rate in the U.S. Viewers will appreciate the simple way he defines and contextualizes these concepts in this short video.
4 mins 9th - Higher Ed Math 3 Views 0 Downloads
Banking 16: Why target rates vs. money supply
Using dual diagrams and workspaces, Sal provides a thorough explanation of target rates and money supply. Your class will appreciate his anecdotal approach to explain how interest rates are set, and how it affects potential "consumers of money.
12 mins 9th - Higher Ed Math 3 Views 3 Downloads
Compound Interest and e (Part 4)
Finally arriving at the general formula for continuously compounded interest as A = Pert, Sal shows a few examples. In the first example, the interest rate, rate of compounding, term of the loan, and principal are all given, and one needs to find the amount owned at the end of the period.
8 mins 10th - 12th Math 3 Views 1 Download
Fiscal and Monetary Policy Process
What tools doe the Congress and the Federal Reserve can use to correct economic problems. Interested minds examine how the use of those tools affects the money supply, interest rates, and aggregate demand. This is a great resource with attached links, activities, and handouts.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 9 Views 49 Downloads
Introduction to Interest
Here is a simple tutorial on the difference between simple and compound interest. In it, Sal describes what interest is, defines the vocabulary of principle and interest rate. He also models year-by-year the amount of money owed under the different compounding scenarios.
10 mins 10th - 12th Math 10 Views 4 Downloads
7th Grade Dance
The question of the year is, "How much money do I need to attend the seventh grade dance?" Considering costs of clothing, dinner, and admission, learners compute sales tax and tips to add in for a final price. This task is intended to be used during a unit on ratio and percent.
6th - 8th Math 6 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Designed
A Case Study: The Federal Reserve System and Monetary Policy - January 29, 2003
Follow the Federal Open Market Committee announcements and newspapers to look for stories about the Federal Reserve actions that target interest rates and boost spending and employment in the United States. This lesson incorporates math, economics, and current events in a real world context.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 14 Downloads
Loan Amortization - Mortgage
Upper graders explore the connection between interest and principal. They use an amortization schedule to determine the amount of principal paid vs interest on a $100,000 home loan. Fourteen discussion questions and a research-based extension activity make this a good real-world lesson plan.
9th - 12th Math 9 Views 16 Downloads
Building the Aggregate Expenditures Model
A good accompaniment to an economics lesson, this presentation explores the aggregate expenditures model, detailing the relationship between consumption and saving using graphs and charts. Additional information includes investments and interest rates, as well as the global perspective on consumption.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 3 Downloads
Monetary Policy Starts in Your Own Back Yard
Students explore the Federal Reserve System. In this Economics lesson, students investigate the Fed’s role in formulating money policy through a simulation in which students become members of the board of directors of a Reserve Bank. Students explore how the directors of Reserve Banks contribute to interest rate setting decisions.
10th - 11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 6 Downloads
New Review A Valuable Quarter
Your young bankers model an account balance with an exponential function and solve the equation by extracting a root or taking a logarithm. The task involves the context of annual and compounding interest as well as some interesting factoids about rare coins.
9th - 12th Math 6 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 19 Views 15 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Personal Financial Literacy: Using Credit Wisely
What is credit, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of using it for purchases? Your class members will learn about different types of loans, such as student and mortgage, how interest factors into credit use, credit reports, and ultimately how to be savvier shoppers.
10th - 12th Math 19 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable