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Students examine the use of tax incentives by local governments to solve economic or environmental problems. Using the incentives, they evaluate the costs and benefits of each. They use the internet to answer questions at the end of the lesson.
Students explore the function of local government. In this local government lesson, students discover how local government functions. Students participate in activities that require them to balance a city budget and provide services for citizens.
Students examine how the government is financed through taxation. They listen to a teacher-led lecture and read a handout, conduct Internet research, and develop a graph demonstrating sources of revenue for local and state governments.
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.
Here is a super short quiz you can use after reviewing local governments and community organizations. There are five multiple choice questions and five matching questions all related to community groups and government. 
Fifth graders investigate the connection between taxes and government services.  In this economics lesson, 5th graders discuss the process and benefits of paying sales and income taxes.  Using calculators, students compute the amount of tax paid based on the percentage.  Students list the variety of goods and services provided by the government that assist everyday people, and discuss what life would be like without those services.
Students develop an understanding of how federal revenues are gained by taxes. This foundation enable students to decipher changes in federal tax policy. Groups of students study different types of taxes and prepare presentations on each one.
Is health insurance a luxury? The class examine the increasing number of uninsured middle class Americans; they then research and present information on various aspects of medical coverage and care at a classroom forum entitled "The Current State of Health Care in the United States."
Students watch two commericals from previous presidential elections on the topic of healthcare. After reading an article, they identify the position of the various candidates for the 2008 election. In groups, they brainstorm their own proposals for one of the candidates and write a position paper about where they state on the state of healthcare in the United States.
Fourth graders research the branches of the government. In this government lesson, 4th graders explore each of the branches and the checks and balances system. They look at the federal government and the Constitution. 
Alternative energy and economics, two big topics that are taking the front seat in an informative activity. Kids begin to consider the cost benefit of alternative energy choices and how they affect consumers based on non-price determinants. They'll work through a series of problems and read related information as well as contact local school authorities to see it they are participating in any alternative energy programs.
Third graders understand the role of rules and laws in our daily lives. They research the basic structure of the United States government. They participate in a simulated City Council meeting.
Young scholars read and discuss the census and how the census is used by the government. In this census lesson plan, students use the data collected to compare different census's and their outcomes.
Students examine the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data for employment and unemployment rates in the United States. In this current event lesson, students review charts, research given topics and case studies, complete worksheets and analyze statistics as they deal with the employment and unemployment rates for 2009.
Controversial issues, are by definition, topics about which rational people disagree. The challenge is to conduct a discussion of these often emotionally charged topics in a respectful way. Introduce your class to the concept of a Structured Academic Controversy (SAC). Using primary source documents related to the topic of immigration, the instructor models for class members how to develop active listening skills, how formulate and analyze claims, reasons, evidence, counterclaims, and rebuttals. As guided practice, pairs and then groups follow the modeled process with the remainder of the documents contained in the packet. Drawing on information contained in the documents, the class engages in a structured discussion of immigration and state and federal immigration policy. To conclude the exercise, individuals reflect on their learning experience. The carefully crafted, detailed plan would make a powerful addition to your curriculum library.
Students examine the categories for federal spending using the internet to locate them. They create a list of expenditures noting them as government purchases or transfer payments. They analyze the patterns of spending during the past 40 years.
Pupils evaluate how money is raised to pay for government services. They describe why governments need revenue to provide goods and services. They create a list of government expenditures at the federal, state and local levels. They view the Tax Revenue by Percentage Chart from Congressional Budgets and discuss each tax type.
Students examine growth of debt in Utah state government from 1991 to present, compare general obligation debt and revenue debt incurred by state, identify four primary methods used by governments to finance projects, and complete critical thinking activity worksheet.
Students identify major sources of revenue for government spending and identify the type of tax that makes up the largest percentage of the federal budget. They are introduced to the major services provided by local, state and national governments and describes how these services are paid for.
What do sports have to do with economics? A lot, if you're talking about professional sports franchises. Learners investigate the costs, revenue, and incentives in investing in professional sports teams. They'll use data from Forbes magazine and a worksheet to complete their investigation. 

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