Economic History Teacher Resources

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Middle School World History

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
A 22-lesson Middle School World History unit uses a unique problem-solving approach to teach tweens economic history. After reading articles that provide background information, pupils engage in activities and simulations that require...
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Banking 17: What happened to the gold?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
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...
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Population, Sustainability, and Malthus: Crash Course World History 215

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Thomas Malthus posed the most famous, and most easily disproven, theory about projected population growth in economic history. What did he get wrong—and why? Explore the Malthusian Theory of Population with a Crash Course video that...
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Secretary of Commerce

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers gain understanding of economic history of United States in twentieth century by examining role of Department of Commerce. Student groups each analyze one quarter of twentieth century by researching role of Department of...
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An Introduction to Modern Economics

For Students 10th - 12th
Practice reading comprehension with this informational economics learning exercise. Learners read a 2-page explanation of the beginnings of modern economics and how it plays a role in society. This reading discusses natural, human and...
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How It's Made - Toothbrush

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Did you know that the first known toothbrush was made in China in the year 1600? Now we make 900 toothbrushes every minute. See how industrialization has made your toothbrush hygienic and fast enough to provide brushes to people all over...
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How It's Made - Plate Glass

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Ever look out your window and wonder where the glass came from? Learn all about the components, machines, and process that we use now to create plate glass. An intriguing look at an industrialized process that was once a specialized craft.
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Zoom In: General Store

For Teachers 1st
First graders explore the history of the United States by analyzing images of shops and stores. In this economic history instructional activity, 1st graders view a PowerPoint presentation which shows photographs and drawings of...
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What Causes Economic Bubbles?

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
What do tulips, real estate, and stock in a pet store have in common? Find out what happens when products or services sell for much more than they are worth.
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57 Varieties of Interdependence

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students examine the life of Henry J. Heinz and how he began his career in food service. For this economic history instructional activity,students study how Henry J. Heinz started his business. Students will create and answer key...
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Inflation: Taking Prices Higher

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Learners examine the definition of inflation and its impact through history. They read and discuss online text, discuss examples of inflation, calculate the prices of various items for different years using an inflation rate of 3%, and...
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Boom Town/Gold Rush

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students discover the history of California by researching the Gold Rush.  In this economics history lesson plan, students participate in a class discussion about the book Boom Town, and the value of gold in California.  Students...
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Economics Dictation

For Teachers 9th
In this economics text dictation, 9th graders take dictation on a passage about economic theory, applied economics, and economic history.
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Linking the Past with the Present

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore how Africans built South Carolina into an economic giant. They write an expository paper explaining how Africans and their descendants built the rice empire along the Carolina coastline. They write a persuasive...
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Urban Ecosystems 5: In Defense Of Cities

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers explain that while cities have unattractive features, the density of human life enables energy efficiency, mass transit, recycling, and other benefits which are difficult or impossible in rural areas. This is the fifth...
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Conceptual Analysis in Economics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Help develop assertive, critical-thinking skills that enhance growth and change while teaching economics. In groups, select a topic from a list and then discuss the pros and cons of each topic. Debate why advertising is necessary to our...
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What Do People Say?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
After reading a series of fictitious letters that represent actual events during the time period, young historians craft a small town newsletter to explain the causes of the Great Depression.
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Conceptual Analysis in Economics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students practice critical thinking skills by defending their beliefs orally in a "hot seat". In addition, they communicate their feelings about an inssue in writing.
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Rosa Parks Changed the Rules

For Teachers K - 5th
Students complete a diagram of the Montgomery bus that carried Rosa Parks into the history books. They read about Rosa Park's contributions to the Civil Rights movement. They role play Rosa Park's refusal to move to the back of the bus.
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The Age of Reason and Enlightenment

For Teachers 10th - 12th
A presentation that truly covers the age of reason and enlightenment. Nearly every facet, event, and key player in 18th Century Age of Enlightenment is covered. The information is clear, easy to follow, and lends itself well to note...
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PASSENGER PIGEONS: NOMADS LOST

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the concept and implications of extinction using the example of the Passenger Pigeon, once an extremely abundant species that was completely eliminated by humans.
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Abraham Lincoln on Slavery and Race

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine and discuss the letters and speeches of Abraham Lincoln to determine his position on slavery. They participate in a panel discussion, and plan one of Lincoln's major political campaigns, creating ads and writing a...
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The Crisis in the Ivory Coast

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Through reading a variety of news articles and other informational texts, learners discover the political turmoil and intense ethnic and religious tensions that envelop the Ivory Coast today. Class members research the historical...
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Spaceship Earth

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students develop an understanding of our planet as a system by designing a very-long-duration space mission in which the life-support system is patterned after that of earth.

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