Macroeconomics Teacher Resources
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Distribution of Goods
Learners study the concept of scarcity and that it requires people to make choices when trying to satisfy their unlimited wants. Groups are given bags of items and must distribute the items in the bag in a way that is acceptable to everyone in the group.
Deforestation: Can We See the Forest for the Trees?
Students examine the cause and effect of deforestation and investigate possible solutions. They read and discuss an article, write an essay, and conduct research for a project involving a forest management interview, or analyzing uses of wood product.
Loose and Tight Monetary Policy
High schoolers discuss goals of tight or loose monetary policy, act as advisers to heads of various nations' central banks to determine whether countries should pursue tight or loose monetary policy, and present realistic solutions orally to classmates.
The Rising Cost of Health Care: Is there an explanation?
Twelfth graders explore rising health care costs and the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility. They participate in an activity that demonstrates the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility. Students read the may 27, 2005 Economic Letter and complete the student handout.
Compounding the Problem
Students explore the concept of compound interest. In this compound interest lesson, students are given a scenario where they must create a recursive function to represent the scenario. Students calculate the interest after given intervals of time.
Students explore the role of government in the economy market. In this economics lesson, students analyze the decision making and how it takes into consideration additional cost, benefits and public awareness of what they are trying to accomplish. They discuss marginal costs.
How Markets Work
Students explore the role of government in the economy market. For this economics lesson, students analyze the decision making and how it takes into consideration additional cost, benefits and public awareness of what they are trying to accomplish. They discuss marginal costs.
Money and Banking
Students explore the role of government in the economy market. In this economics instructional activity, students analyze the decision making and how it takes into consideration additional cost, benefits and public awareness of what they are trying to accomplish. They discuss marginal costs.
Unit 1: Cortes and the Aztecs: Different Views of the World
Students explore the Aztec culture and the Conquistadors. In this Aztec lesson plan, students investigate the language and culture of the Aztec civilization. Over several days and lessons, students expand their study to explore the impact of Conquistadors on this ancient civilization.
Hey, Hey! Ho, Ho! Why Do We Need the WTO?
Learners participate in various hand-on activities as they study six international institutions that play important economic roles in the areas of international trade and finance.
Focus on Economic Data: The Federal Reserve and Monetary Policy.
Students explore the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Federal Reserve System (Fed) to find out who they are and what they do. In this economic exploration instructional activity, students research case studies and solve problems that apply directly to money, rates, deposits and loans within banks today.
NAFTA: Are Jobs Being Sucked Out of the United States?
Pupils examine the North American Free Trade Agreement. Using the text, they identify how the countries intend to reduce tariffs on goods between them. They explain the differences in comparative and absolute advantage and present argument for and against free trade. Examining data, they identify the effects of NAFTA on employment in the United States.
What is Economics? An Economic Board Game
Students learn the fundamental concepts of economics as it relates to government.
Money Is What Money Does
Students define and explain the functions of money and the characteristics that are needed to enable money to carry out these functions effectively.
Who Let the "Wise Consumers " Out?
Students research the U.S. free market system and evaluate the effects that the system has on both producers and consumers. They develop a fictional product and advertising plans for their product.
A Case Study: The Federal Reserve System and Monetary Policy - June 25, 2003
Learners follow 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.
Fiscal and Monetary Policy Process
Students examine the tools of fiscal and monetary policy. They identify how economic stabilization tools affect the money supply, interest rates, and aggregate demand.
Eighth graders cooperate in groups to research ten different Spanish conquistadors. They enter relevant information about each explorer into a spreadsheet.
Compounding The Problem
Eleventh graders calculate compound interest for real-life situations. They begin calculating interest using a recursive function in problem situations. Once they understand this iterative process, they translate the function into a formula.
Prioritizing National Economic Goals
Eighth graders define the generally accepted list of national economic goals. They discuss the compatability/incompatibility of goals. They participate in a consensus-building exercise to rank economic goals in order of importance.