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Unit on International Monetary Fund and World Bank
Students explore the purpose of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. In this global issues lesson, students participate in a role play activity that requires them to make funding decisions as members of the World Bank. Students also complete discussion questions about the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Brief.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 21 Downloads
Chinese Central Bank Buying Treasuries
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.
12 mins 11th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads
History of Money and Banking in the U.S.
Why was there a lack of confidence in the money and banking system of the early United States government? What historical events led to the establishment of the Federal Reserve System? Here you'll find reading materials and worksheets to help your class members learn more about the early history of banking in the nation.
1 min 11th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Fed - Helping Keep Banks Safe and Sound
What does an examiner look for when analyzing a bank's financial condition? In addition to learning about the 5-Cs for reviewing loans and CAMELS (capital, assets, management, earnings, liquidity, and sensitivity to risk), your learners discover how the Federal Reserve supervises and regulates banks in order to avoid bank runs and financial instability.
1 min 11th - 12th Social Studies & History 4 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Bailout 8: Systemic Risk
Using several balance sheets, Sal illustrates the connectivity of banks and how one bank failure can affect many. Again, he uses the example of Lehman Brothers as the "catalyst for this chain of events" to explain how one bankrupt bank can result in a series of frozen assets.
12 mins 11th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download
FRB Commentary 2: Deposit Insurance
Going into more detail about the potential weaknesses of fractional reserve banking, this video introduces some of the ways that the economy has been engineered to fix these issues, such as the "lender of last resort" and insurance from the FDIC.
17 mins 9th - Higher Ed Math 3 Views 0 Downloads
FRB Commentary 3: Big Picture
Summarizing his thoughts on creating the last few videos on the weaknesses of the fractional reserve, Sal goes on to explain why he believes the nature of this system is "disingenuous," leading up to a discussion that contextualizes the concept within the world of hedge funds and venture capitalism.
21 mins 9th - Higher Ed Math 3 Views 1 Download
Comparison Shopping: Getting the Most for Your Money
Who isn't interested in shopping for food? Set up two markets in your math class: HalfFoods and DJ's, then send the kids off to compare prices. Occasionally throw a discount into the mix! Through this experience, seventh graders practice using proportional relationships, percent, and ratios.
6th - 8th Math 25 Views 13 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Money in the Piggy Bank
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.
3rd - 5th Math 23 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Financial Crises, Reform, and Central Banking: Establishing the Federal Reserve
From the First and Second Banks of the United States to the founding of the Federal Reserve, discover how the American nation attempted to reform its financial history throughout the years.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 8 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Banking 17: What happened to the gold?
Learn the value of a dollar in this video, which explains the natural transition from the gold standard. Asking viewers if they would trust gold or the U.S. Government, Sal explains how the concept of wealth has shifted and adapted throughout our economic history.
10 mins 9th - Higher Ed Math 3 Views 2 Downloads
Banking 4: Multiplier effect And the money supply
In the context of a discussion about real wealth versus the representation of wealth (money), Sal explains the multiplier effect and how 1000 pieces of gold can become 2710 pieces of gold. Viewers will appreciate the annotations and easy-to-understand narration in this video.
11 mins 9th - Higher Ed Math 5 Views 7 Downloads
The US Financial System
Here is a very unique activity in which learners simulate operations of a fractional reserve banking system, ultimately gaining a better understanding of how banks work and process money creation through lending. It includes a Story of Banks comic book with guided reading questions, financial investments and bank scavenger hunt WebQuest, and all instructional materials needed for the simulation.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 16 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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.
10th - Higher Ed Math 42 Views 64 Downloads
Chapter 14: How Banks and Thrifts Create Money
Teach your class about the value of a dollar in this economics presentation, which details the inner-workings of commercial banks. From reserve requirements to money expansion, these slides will clear up any misconceptions about "the building with the money.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 15 Downloads
Teaching Grocery Shopping Using Computer Based Instruction
Who doesn't need to buy groceries now and then? Prepare your special needs class for an upcoming trip to the grocery store. They practice matching the words on the shopping list to images of each item. They then use their list to locate the 12 items at a local grocery store.
9th - 12th Health 35 Views 68 Downloads
Home Living / Daily Living: Shopping List
Talk with your pupils about the importance of staying focused at the grocery store. Your special education class will discuss how to create and use a shopping list. They will make a shopping list and pretend to use it in a role-play activity.
9th - Higher Ed Health 45 Views 88 Downloads
Things Fall Apart: Research, Writing & Presentation Project
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.
9th - 11th Language Arts 12 Views 73 Downloads