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Students investigate how the economy works by role playing in their class. In this money management instructional activity, students read parts from a script for use in a role playing instructional activity simulating the Federal Reserve and their payment processing. Students complete a worksheet based on purchasing decisions and methods of payment.
Students investigate money management. In this secondary mathematics lesson, students participate in a cost-of-living budget simulation in which they calculate monthly and yearly projected costs. Students investigate housing cost, automobile payments, and career choices.
Students consider money management. In this personal finances lesson, students read Kermit the Hermit and discuss what was done with the unexpected money that Kermit received. Students examine methods of saving money and earning interest.
Students explore personal finances. In this money management lesson, students read The Berenstain Bears' Mad, Mad, Mad Toy Craze. Students examine the spending habits of Brother Bear and Sister Bear. Students analyze opportunity costs as well.
Students create a PowerPoint presentation and a pie chart of a budget for a given scenario. In this budgeting and money management instructional activity, 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.
Students explore investing and saving. In this investing lesson, students identify their own financial goals and hurdles to success, calculate interest, and simulate banking and investing transactions. Incentive certificates, a quiz, and word problems are included.
The first several minutes of this clip are a review of the hypothetical China-U.S. trade scenario Sal mapped out in previous videos. Then, he begins to further outline how the Yuan can resist appreciation because of interference by the Chinese Central Bank and it's desire to peg the current exchange rate. Learners explore the Chinese government's solution of printing Yuan, exchanging for dollars, and investing in a safe, dollar-denominated liquid asset: U.S. treasuries. He leads economists into considering the impact of large-scale loans from the Chinese government on the US economy and debt.
Students discuss different money management options in a variety of situations. They identify moments to share, spend and save money.
Students explore types of financial institutions. In this Consumer Math/Economics lesson, students investigate the functions and services of different types of financial institutions and how thy work for individuals and businesses.
There is no more useful life skill to learn, than budgeting and setting financial goals. It's math that is used by every person, everyday. Learners examine the responsibilities and costs involved in family economics. Through a series of interviews, problem-solving activities, and research assignments they'll understand how to set goals and create a family budget.
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 identify different sizes, clothing types and materials. They determine the correct size of clothing they would wear in the United States. Students brainstorm questions and answers related to clothing and clothes shopping. This lesson is intended for students acquiring English.
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.
It's time to crack open that piggy bank and see what's inside. First, count up the pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, identifying what fraction of them are dimes. Then calculate the total value of the coins, writing another fraction for the value of the dimes. A challenging problem that requires students to look at a single group of objects in two very different ways.
This simple activity requires class members to consider the importance of money management as an individual, and also in other roles (parent, business owner, etc.). They brainstorm a list of indicators of effective money management, and then work in small groups to determine the negative outcomes from irresponsible finance skills. The necessary handouts are included.
Students investigate a family profile and design a menu plan. In this consumer science lesson, students plan and prepare a weekly menu based on a family profile.
Students investigate the concept of paying bills by writing checks. They practice writing a check with the specific elements filled out correctly and then record the amount of it in the check register. Students also extend the lesson when balancing the checkbook.
Can a bank issue endless loans and checking accounts without regard to the amount of money within its walls? Sal addresses this question throughout the lecture, where he introduces the concept of bank regulations - specifically reserve requirements. Viewers consider the perspective of the banking institution to improve their knowledge of economics, but additionally, to make them smarter consumers.
Sal explains the concepts of bank notes in this video, leading viewers to the natural conclusion that his illustration looks a lot like a dollar bill - and therefore, one is very much like the other. Wealth creation and the Federal Reserve Bank are two important topics that your class will easily understand after seeing this lecture.