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Comparison shop for health insurance? Yep. Young adults compare and contrast several health insurance plans to determine which would provide the most coverage at the best price. They discuss and work through deductibles, premiums, and co-insurance prices. This is one of a series of quality lessons from an educational website on consumer economics/life skills.
Students investigate how the economy works by role playing in their class. In this money management lesson, students read parts from a script for use in a role playing lesson simulating the Federal Reserve and their payment processing. Students complete a worksheet based on purchasing decisions and methods of payment.
High schoolers investigate money management. In this secondary mathematics instructional activity, students participate in a cost-of-living budget simulation in which they calculate monthly and yearly projected costs. High schoolers investigate housing cost, automobile payments, and career choices.
Students create a PowerPoint presentation and a pie chart of a budget for a given scenario. In this budgeting and money management lesson, students discuss credit ratings and good consumer decisions. Students work in groups to make a budget for a family scenario with a given gross income.
Learning to be a savvy shopper can make or break the bank. Upper graders research five different cell phone carriers to see if they'll have enough money in their imaginary budget for a dream phone or a basic phone. They create either a PowerPoint presentation or a brochure to share their findings.
Are there benefits to comparison shopping? Yes, even with cell phones. It's important to know which carrier is best and why. Learners interview a family member about his choice in cell phone carriers, and compare that person's choice to research they've collected online. They display their findings and discuss them as a class.
Some banks escaped certain disaster with a bailout by the government. But, what about the rest? Sal explains the intricacies and dynamics of a bailout down to the details on a balance sheet. He also provides a thorough definition of bankruptcy through the example of Lehman Brothers.
In this math worksheet, students analyze real-world situations involving math. Kids read about a woman and her monthly budget for an apartment rental. Students calculate the answers to 6 problems about the rent and solve 10 problems related to utility bills, telephone charges and restaurant and entertainment budgets.
Elementary schoolers explore the concepts associated with comparison shopping, and the concept of need versus want. They also look closely at the power of advertising and become more aware of the messages that ads present. After taking part in the activities in the lesson, pupils take a final 10-question quiz that assesses what they have learned from engaging in the lesson. Very good!
A passage about the changing role of home economists provides the text for a reading comprehension strategies worksheet. Learners must summarize, draw inferences, identify the main idea, and use context clues to determine the meaning of words. An added bonus is the answer and explanation key that details why one answer is correct and the others are not.
Young people often get themselves into trouble with credit cards because they don't fully understand interest rates, fees, etc. This activity requires teens to research and record information on three different credit cards in order to determine which would be the best choice. A worthy lesson, and just one of many from a high-quality site on consumer economics.
Here is an interesting topic. Learners examine the economics that led to the founding of the First Bank of America. They participate in a reader's theater experience depicting the debate between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson over the beginnings of the first Bank of the United States. They read primary source documents and the booklet, "The First Bank of the United States." A fun way to introduce banking and US Economics.
Using an adaptive shopping list, special needs students take a trip to the grocery store. Instead of words, their list contains pictures of the items they need to find and purchase at the store. They run through several practice and modeling sessions prior to the actual shopping events. Tip: Have non-verbal learners use images to practice asking for help when locating items.
A great resource for your unit on Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Small groups conduct research about related topics (list included), write papers, present PowerPoint slide shows, and take a student-created test. Fill in a few gaps to support writing and presentation skills if you have grade-level writers. Project will take several weeks with library research, computer lab time to write and create slide shows, and to give presenters class time to practice.