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Create a glossary of tax-related vocabulary and clip New York Times articles that present tax procedure in action, in preparation for participating in a tax quiz bowl. Young economists explore allegations that "Survivor" Richard Hatch perpetrated tax fraud.
Understanding Tax: Your Role as a Tax Payer
Every adult should know that it is their responsibility to help fund public goods and services by paying taxes. Help young people get a handle on the history, evolution, purposes for, and reasons why they should pay taxes too.
I Work Too!
Students create a class monetary system. In this elementary economics instructional activity, students research jobs, create jobs within the classroom, and budget money. This instructional activity builds students responsibility and experience with money.
Fourth graders earn classroom dollars, set up a bank book, pay fines, figure interest and pay taxes.
America Established Because of Protest
Students explore events and causes that led to American Revolution and examine popular pro-Patriot renderings and texts of these issues created both at that time and in later years. Students then prepare and deliver oral presentations about image or text studied.
Comparing North American Colonies Vs. Britain
Fifth graders practice creative writing by describing events from the Colonial era. In this U.S. History lesson, 5th graders identify King George III and George Washington, the roles they played, and the differences between them. Students create a Venn Diagram and write a descriptive paragraph about the two men.
In this online interactive philosophy quiz learning exercise, students respond to 30 multiple choice questions about Thoreau's Civil Disobedience. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In the Red
Students explore the concept of budgeting. In this budgeting lesson, students are assigned a salary either hourly or monthly. Students calculate paying taxes, rent or house payment, car payment, and other expenses. Students must work their budget so they can afford everything without going in the red.
Fourth graders explore the concept of taxes and gather relevant information to become a tax 'expert. In this taxes lesson, 4th graders work in teams to find information regarding different areas in taxes. Students work together to research their specific topic about taxes and present their findings to the class.
Year Seven History: The Roman Empire
In this Roman Empire worksheet, 7th graders read four passages and answer questions at the end of each. Vocabulary support is provided.
Completing Simple Tax Forms
Twelfth graders practice filling out IRS 1040 EZ forms. They discuss various ways people pay taxes. They assess the importance of W-2 forms and apply skills using the IRS tax table to compute how much money is owed or returned.
Taxation without Representation?
Students review tax acts the English government placed on the 13 colonies prior to the American Revolution.
Votes for Women
In this 20th century events worksheet, students read about the voting rights earned by women in the 20th century. Students learn the terms suffrage and suffragettes. Students answer 4 questions about the information.
Paying Taxes for Chores Lesson
Students examine the concept of paying taxes with a chores theme.
End of Unit 2 Assessment: Working with Two Texts - Reading, Listening, Summarizing, and Synthesizing
As a summative assessment for this unit on colonial trade, fourth graders listen to and read informational texts in order to demonstrate their ability to take notes, write summaries, and draw connections. Young scholars first listen as the teacher reads aloud a text about a New York merchant, taking categorized notes on the information they hear. Next, students independently read a piece of writing about shipbuilders, once again taking notes using the provided graphic organizer. Finally, they use their notes to answer multiple choice questions, write a summary about shipbuilders, and write a paragraph describing the interdependence of these two trades. The lesson provides a complete assessment of the listening, reading, and writing skills developed by pupils during the course of this research-based unit.
Goods and Services: Some are Private, Some are Not
Who fixes the swings at the park? The class creates a community bulletin board to explore the goods and services provided for their community in both the private and government sectors. They discuss taxes, consumers' wants and needs, and community cost benefits.
City Government: Omaha Nebraska
This thorough resource helps government and economics classes understand the complexity of city planning by giving them the responsibility to plan a budget and then propose cuts in a mock city council meeting. It includes background information, an introductory activity to increase relevance, key vocabulary, and two additional activities along with all of the necessary worksheets. While this was intended for residents of Omaha, it is adaptable to any location. Includes standards and a rubric.
The Civil War
Now here is a very good presentation on the American Civil War, that you shouldn't pass up. Rich in text and images, the presentation covers all the bases. All of the major battles, key people, policies, and even a section describing the role women and African-Americans played during the war are discussed.
Pay to Play?
Lead your class in a discussion about how they believe money influences politics. After reading "Go Ahead, Try to Stop K Street" from the New York Times, they evaluate the claims in the article about the current lobbyist scandal in Washington. They participate in a fishbowl discussion about lobbying practices and reform. To finish, they write letters to Congress expressing their opinions.
Explore the backgrounds, qualifications, and platforms of the presidential candidates for the 2000 election. Though the lesson is outdated, the activities within the informational text could be good practice for your young learners as they work on evaluating arguments and claims. They work in small groups to research information about assigned candidates and create official-looking résumés.