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Examine the Federal Reserve System and how monetary policy effects various aspects of the US economics system. Here you'll find all the necessary data and background information to lead a lecture on the Federal Reserve. You'll also find web links and two activity ideas intended to help upper graders understand how financial policies are made.
Students investigate the indicators the Fed uses to determine the course of monetary policy. In this monetary policy lesson plan, students define economic indicators and the conditions they reflect and explain the three functions of the Federal Reserve System. Students explain the use of monetary policy to affect the economy in this 45 page packet of activities.
Students develop an understanding of monetary policy. In this monetary policy lesson, students define economic indicators and specify the economic conditions they reflect. Students explain the three functions of the system and play a card game to review vocabulary associated with economic indicators.
Students explore the Federal Reserve and Monetary Policy from the January 27, 2010 report. In this economic data lesson plan, students will explain and identify monetary policy goals, structure and functions, and tools available as they all relate to the Federal Reserve System by completing multiple choice and essay questions.
Students examine a November press release by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) on the current Federal Reserve monetary policy actions and goals. In this economic data lesson, students review charts, releases and vocabulary wand complete provided worksheets and quizzes.
Students complete practice problems dealing with changes in required reserves, excess reserves (loanable funds), and the money supply. They role-play in scenarios in which they must decide upon the appropriate federal policy. They research the economic conditions for a specific region of the country and propose federal policies that would improve economic conditions.
Students examine the goals and tools of monetary policy. Through class discussion and handouts, they explore monetary policy's effect on short-term borrowing rates, employment, and economic growth. The class is divided into four groups to analyze an economic scenario in which they must recommend the appropriate monetary policy.
High schoolers examine the makeup of the Federal Reserve Board. Using monetary policy, they discover how the Reserve members are elected and how decisions are made. Viewing charts and graphs, they identify trends and the causes of these trends. They answer questions and discuss them as a class.