Economics Teacher Resources

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Economic Lowdown Podcast Series

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Accepting a cow as payment for a car is not udder-ly ridiculous. A collection of 21 podcasts provide high schoolers with the lowdown on economics. Topics covered include economics, banking, monetary policy, and the role the Federal...
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Economic Lowdown Video Series

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Designed for high school and college-level classes, a collection of 12 resources covers topics in economics, banking, and monetary policy. Students investigate supply curves, the law of demand, market equilibrium, and the labor market....
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60 Second Adventures in Economics

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
To regulate or not to regulate? To spend or save? A collection of six animated videos examines some of the great dilemmas of economics, including the conflicting theories of Adam Smith, William Phillips, and John Maynard Keyes. The short...
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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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Practical Money Skills: Loans and Expenses

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A dollar saved is a dollar earned—but what about a dollar spent? Guide young financial wizards through important economic decisions in their near future.
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Practical Money Skills: Consumer Knowledge

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How much do your high schooler really know about personal finance? Guide them around some common mistakes and pitfalls of the economic system with a set of helpful finance lessons.
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The Fed Explained

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Animated videos, colorful graphics, and catchy examples help young economists gain an understanding of the Federal Reserve and its role in the Reserve System. The nine resources in the collection cover such basic economic concepts as...
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Practical Money Skills: Banking Services

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Provide high schoolers with personal finance skills that they can take to the bank! A set of lessons incorporate consumer math and practical economic skills to teach learners about the best ways to build their credit scores.
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Industrial Revolution: Movers, Shakers, and Skyscrapers

For Teachers 6th - 8th
The Industrial Revolution marked a shift in American economy and society, but how? Study the details of the Industrial Revolution, including the major players and economic forces behind the change in culture, with a collection of...
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Practical Money Skills: Decisions and Goals

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Equip teenagers with the knowledge they need to make well-founded and well-rounded financial decision, both now and in their economic future.
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Political Systems

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Designed for social studies classes, this collection of lessons examine both the history and the current state of US government institutions, policies, and economic programs.
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COVID-19: History and Geography of a Pandemic

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Here's a must-have collection! In the first lesson, which is history centered, students compare the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 to the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918. On day two, researchers consider the role geography plays in the...
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Life in the North and South 1847–1861: Before Brother Fought Brother

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
A five-resource collection looks at the complex series of events that led to the American Civil War. Using primary source documents, scholars research the social and economic issues that led to the country-fracturing conflict.
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Crash Course: Intellectual Property

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Intellectual property is a whole new, fast growing field of law. The basic ideas is that non-physical property or a novel idea can be owned owned. The seven-episode collection defines intellectual property, and covers the complexity of...
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Katrina's Classroom: Teaching Money Skills for Life

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Imagine a hurricane teaching high schoolers about financial preparedness! The four lessons in this collection are based on the personal stories in Katrina’s Classroom: Financial Lessons from a Hurricane video. Topics include goal...
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Practical Money Skills: Lessons for Special Needs Students

For Students 6th - 12th
Help special needs learners develop the money management skills they need to prepare for living on their own. The collection of 10 lessons cover budgeting, shopping, banking, saving and investing, understanding credit, and much more....
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Jokes, Quotations, and Cartoons in Economics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Humor offers a great tool teach the basics of economics to scholars via video clips, satire, and political cartoons. Individuals create their own economic humor to present to the class—with the assistance of Daryl Cagel's online...
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Practice Test of Economics

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
From scarcity and supply and demand to entrepreneurship and the stock market, here you'll find a multiple-choice assessment that includes 34 questions covering all the major concepts of a traditional economics course. 
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Economic Goals and Measuring Activity

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Explore the role of government in the economy market. Young scholars analyze the economic decision-making process and how it takes into consideration additional cost, benefits, and public awareness of what they are trying to accomplish....
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Economic Terms

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Before beginning any lesson, learners need to have a basic understanding of the terminology commonly used in that content area. Build basic economic vocabulary with this resource. Each economic term is completely defined and then used in...
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Robert Skidelsky on Keynesian Economics - It's All About Spending

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Get the full scoop on John Maynard Keynes and the origins of his incredible influence on macroeconomics and the role of government. British economist Robert Skidelsky offers unique insight into Keynesian economics and its fundamental...
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Public Choice Theory and The Economics of Taxation

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Let your students know how our economy works, what taxation is, and how Public Choice Theory affects the economics of taxation. This is a comprehensive and well defined presentation that includes links to additional information provided...
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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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Foreign Economics

For Students 7th - 10th
Why do so many countries export cars? Economists examine this and other foreign economics principles through this introductory worksheet. A brief text explains international trade, then lists the top 11 leaders in global trade, along...
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Conservation vs. Economic Growth

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Investigate the choices people make between economic growth and personal growth and development using the ethical/decision making model. Small groups create and present a position paper describing their feeling for or against the...
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Resources and Economic Development

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Identify natural resources in the world and how they translate into economic development. For this global economy lesson, your class will utilize the Internet to view an Oregon Time Web which they research to examine the history of...
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A "Sweet" Lesson in Economics

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover how to determine the flavor of a jellybean using different key documents.  In this economics activity, students discuss Virginia economics and begin an activity in which they will help decide on the what jellybean...
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Arts and Economics Infographic Questionnaire

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How do careers in the arts contribute to America's gross domestic product? Use an informative infographic that details the economic details of careers in the core arts, including design services, performing arts, and arts education, to...
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Demand and Supply—It’s What Economics Is About!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this economics lesson, students examine the principle of supply and demand related to the oil market as they identify factors that cause curves and shifts and determine equilibrium. Upper graders read an informational article and use...
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Focus on Economic Data: US Employment and the Unemployment Rate, March, 2012

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Read all about the various types of unemployment and the United States is are currently at the low-point of an unemployment cycle. Kids examine what economic factors affect the unemployment rate, and what data shows for different US...
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The Craft Revival and Economic Change

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Examine the North Carolina craft revival. In this economics lesson, explore the historical challenges that face North Carolinians in the early 1900's and research primary sources to determine how the craft revival came to be. As a...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: The Economic Paradox

For Students 9th - 12th
It's a classic conundrum of economics: voters want jobs, but don't want to spend the money required for businesses to hire. This political cartoon analysis worksheet has students analyzing this enigma and responding to 3 talking points...
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High School Economics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Imagine an entire high school economics curriculum, ready to use, complete with daily plans, activities, and materials. Each lesson includes activities that require class members to use what they are learning to address an economic...
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Economics Workbook

For Students 11th - 12th
If you are searching for worksheets to supplement your economics course curriculum, this is absolutely the resource for you. This workbook covers all major concepts in micro and macroeconomics, including relevant graphs, vocabulary, and...
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There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch - The Economic Lowdown

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Imagine a pizza place offers your school free pizza for lunch. No strings attached, right? Not so, say economists. Using a video from the Fed, young scholars examine the meaning of concepts such as scarcity and opportunity cost to...
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Honors Economics: Test Review - Money & The Fed

For Students 11th - 12th
Stocks, bonds, graphs, and The Fed are only a few of the topics covered in a solid study guide. There are graphs, quotes, and visual displays to review along with 35 study questions. This is intended for an honors class, but would be...
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Economics Quiz: Chapter 11

For Students 11th - 12th
Short, sweet, and to the point. Here is a 10 question economics quiz ready to help you assess your pupils. They'll answer five multiple choice and five matching questions related to stocks, the efficient-market hypothesis, futures...
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An Economic Snapshot

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Analyze the issues that affect the state of the economy. Have your class explore media reports about recent economic recessions, the housing bubble, and loan defaults in order to chart information about recessions and participate in an...
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Economics Worksheet Economic Systems and Circular Flow

For Students 7th - 12th
Agribusiness, human capital, productivity. Find out what your class members know about economic systems and terminology with this two-page economics worksheet that that asks kids to identify terms and concepts.
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Economic Systems and Macroeconomics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What works better: a planned economy or a market economy? Join the global debate with a Crash Course video about macroeconomics and the differences between economic systems. With quotes from Adam Smith and Karl Marx guiding instruction,...
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Identifying Economic Systems

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Young historians practice identifying evidence to categorize a particular country's economic system as either a mixed, centrally planned, traditional, or free economic system in this two-part lesson plan.
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Economic Schools of Thought

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes held different beliefs about economic systems that evolved from their predecessors, and then shaped by their countries' economic situations. A video from Crash Course Economics explains the...
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Economics of Education

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is going to college worth it? Address the question that nearly all high schoolers ask themselves with a helpful economics video. It discusses the economic and societal benefits of graduating from college, the reasons for increased...
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Economic Growth

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
How can you use aggregate demand and supply to illustrate economic growth? Savvy economics instructor Mr. Clifford illustrates how interest rates affect aggregate demand and supply in the long and short run, and how long run aggregate...
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The Economics of Death

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Does an increased lifespan help to sustain the economy, or do healthcare costs for people who live longer negate that benefit? Learn about the economics of dying, being buried, and the other ways the end of one's life can be quite...
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The Economics of Healthcare

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Healthcare is an important asset to any society, and has been at the forefront of public policy and national news in the last few decades. An engaging video from Crash Course economics clears up many misconceptions about healthcare...
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Korea's Economic Transformation

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine the economy of Korea.  In this Economics lesson, 11th graders research how Korea transformed its economy in such a short period.  Students read documents on Korea's transformation.
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Basic Economics Lesson 3 - Prices and Production

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Economics can be hard to explain and not very interesting for learners. This video does a good job of explaining economic theory with clear examples, but it doesn't captivate its viewers. Production, price, and economic options are...
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Basic Economics Lesson 5 - On Money

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Wants and needs are the basis of most economic exchanges. This lecture-based video covers the value of money, monetary exchange, production consumption economy, and exchange rates. Note: The video is not very engaging.
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Economics and Personal Finance

For Students 9th - 12th
You don't have to be an economist to understand this packet packed with information and exercises about economics and personal finance. Designed for high schoolers, the activities explain why setting short and long terms goals is...
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The Laffer Curve - Economic Theories

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Delve into the world of economic theory with the Laffer curve and introduce your young economists to the relationship between tax revenue and tax rates.
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The Economics of Ghostbusters

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
How do the men of Ghostbusters represent entrepreneurship, the market economy, and government oversight? This video provides unique insight into the risks of startup companies, as well as the foundational features of a market economy,...
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Chapter 1: The Nature and Method of Economics

For Teachers 10th - 12th
If the extent of your class' economic knowledge is the five-dollar bill they spent on lunch, then this presentation will be a good introduction to economics. From the basics of policy economics versus theoretical economics, to the...
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Chapter 17: Economic Growth and the New Economy

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Is economic growth necessary to remain a relevant world power? These slides discuss the definition and implications of growth economics, complete with global comparisons and ways to account for growth. Graphs and charts are easy to read...
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Introduction To Economics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine the fundamental nature of economics - unlimited wants and scarce resources and the need to make choices, the three questions related to the economic problem and its implications for an economy. This instructional...
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Writing Exercises: Modern Economic Issues, #2

For Students 9th - 10th
Modern day economics is definitely a hot topic. Critical thinkers answer three questions regarding the economic gap and turn around in today's global economy. They'll use the five W's to determine the meaning of globalization, Korea's...
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Economics Vocabulary

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Two birds with one stone. This reource instructs young learners how to create an MS Excel spreadsheet using economics vocabulary terms. They follow directions on how to open up the document, write labels in different cells, and cut and...
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Writing Exercises: Economic Issues since World War II

For Students 9th - 11th
How have things changes economically since the end of WWII? Thoughtful writers will consider three questions and compose responses for each. They'll discuss Cold War science and technology, US involvement in Japanese and European...
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Writing Exercises: Modern Economic Issues, #3

For Students 9th - 12th
Developing nations tend to deal with economic issues differently than developed nations. Learners explore modern economic issues such as the Latin American economy, cash-crop economy, and industrial economy by responding to three...
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Writing Exercises: Modern Economic Issues, #1

For Students 8th - 10th
Explore modern economic issues occurring after WWII. The class responds to three short-answer questions regarding post colonialism, changes to the global economy after 1945, and the ties that bind many nations to the colonial countries...
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Why Study Economic Downturns?

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Research and connect America's current economic downturn with the 1929 Stock Market Crash and the Great Depression.
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The Economics of National Craft Month

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Combine National Craft Month and economic math while producing some imaginative, innovative crafts.
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Comparison of Economic Systems

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Here is a worksheet in which learners identify and compare economic systems (market, command, mixed, etc.) with 18 fill-in-the-blank questions and a graphic organizer. 
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Factors for Economic Integration in Western Europe since 1945

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
While the European Union has been a part of economic landscape for decades, it grew out of a period of economic integration after World War II. Using a round table method, class members analyze and discuss the events leading up to the...
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Writing Exercises: Economic and Social Revolutions III

For Students 7th - 8th
With great advancements come great changes! Young historians examine economic and social change occurring after the start of the Industrial Revolution. They respond to three questions regarding the beginning of the Revolution, the impact...
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Writing Exercise: Economic and Social Revolution I

For Students 7th - 9th
Learners take a critical look at the economic and social changes that stemmed from the industrial revolution. There are three short essay questions for them to answer regarding suffrage, changes in women's rights, and urbanization as a...
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Economic Profit and Costs Review

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
What is the difference between the way an accountant calculates profit versus the way an economist calculates profit? Discover one take on the issue offered by Mr. Clifford, who reviews the concepts of explicit costs, implicit costs, and...
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Economics of the North and South Before the Civil War

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How did economic issues lead to war? Viewers watch an AP review video to examine one of the main causes of the American Civil War, the Tariff of Abominations. They examine the issues concerning the economies of the North and South prior...
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The Economic System of Medieval Europe

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How are economics and politics intertwined? Societies in the Medieval period used feudalism for both economic and military reasons. The arrangement provided safety and met other needs. Using the included simulation, individuals...
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Understanding Local Economic Issues Using Statistics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A good understanding of local economics requires a lot of data. Scholars design and conduct an experimental survey to collect information about economic issues affecting their regions. They analyze their findings and prepare a...
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Quarrying - Economic, Environmental and Social Effects

For Students 9th - 12th
Where does limestone actually come from? The sixth video in a seven-part series introduces pupils to the quandary of quarrying. The resource examines the positive economic factors involved in digging for limestone, as well as the...
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Factors of Production and Economic Decision-Making

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Class members begin this engaging economics activity by listing all the resources used in the production of a car, and use that example to draw parallels to the four primary factors of production: capital goods, labor, natural resources,...
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Ford, Carter, and the Economic Malaise

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Discover 1970s America in an incredibly engaging and enlightening manner with this resource, which primarily details the major economic landscape of the decade of the period and the volatile presidency of Jimmy Carter. Topics covered...
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The BIG Picture - AP Economics Overview

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Review the circular flow model and connections between the resource and product market with help from a well-versed economics instructor, who explains the concept using illustrations and clear instructional guidance.
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Economic Data Lesson: Economic Policy Options

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Can you make decisions that will impact millions of people around the nation? Scholars research the role of the Federal Reserve, and its Chairman, on the economic outlook of the country. They analyze current trends in unemployment,...
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Episode 8, Segment 2: The PPF Illustrates Underemployment, Economic Expansion, and Economic Growth

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Is it possible to be overqualified for the current job market? Scholars analyze underemployment and what it takes to potentially out-price yourself for a job. A short video lesson outlines economic growth and researches job trends....
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Episode 15: Economic Growth

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
How can a mobile card reader impact the economic growth of a restaurant? Scholars investigate the concept of growing a business by using human resources in addition to tools and equipment. The 15th podcast of a 21-part series on...
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Green Eggs and ...Economics?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Scholars use four different children's books by Dr. Seuss to analyze microeconomic concepts. Group presentations and research help them better understand simple economic concepts through simple stories.
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Baseball Economics 201

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Is it possible to be an underpaid millionaire? Using the economic concepts behind the salaries of Major League Baseball's athletes, scholars investigate profit and production. By comparing the success of a baseball team as tied to wins,...
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The Economics of Income: If You’re So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
If basketball players make more than teachers, why shouldn't learners all aspire to play in the NBA? Unraveling the cost and benefits of education and future economic success can be tricky. Economic data, real-life cases, and some...
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Economics Quiz: Chapter 13 Section 1

For Students 11th - 12th
Economic business cycles and predictable market change can be tracked using statistical data. Try a 10 question quiz to test your class on economic indicators, business cycles, and the GDP.
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An Introduction to Modern Economics

For Students 10th - 12th
Practice reading comprehension with this informational economics worksheet. 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 capital...
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Government and Economics: The Ties that Bind

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students discover the relationship between government and economics. They examine concepts explained by Adam Smith and present them to the class. They also discover economists who have made a lasting contribution to the world.
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Economics Quiz

For Students 10th - 12th
Let your scholars test their economics skills with this 55-question quiz! They respond to fill-in-the-blank and multiple-choice questions pertaining to the study of microeconomics and macroeconomics. All answers are provided, and the...
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Explorations in Economic Demand, Part I

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Your economists will relate to the choices at hand in this personal budgeting scenario. A passage describes Bob's predicament: he's going away to college and must buy his own clothes, including the pricey Levis he wants to buy 8 of....
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Economics Quiz: III

For Students 11th - 12th
Were your kids listening in class? Find out with a pop quiz! They'll have to get busy to answer each of the 10 question on US economics, capitalism, consumerism, and private enterprise.
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Chapter 14- Section III: Economics

For Students 11th - 12th
Economics after the Great Depression and the effects of the Great Depression on the US economy are covered in 10 questions. Learners answer five multiple choice and five matching questions related to the Federal Reserve System, thrift...
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Economics Quiz: Chapter 10 Section 2

For Students 11th - 12th
The congress has a lot to say when it comes to the federal budget and the US economy. First, review these topics and then hand out a related quiz. There are 10 questions that ask learners to consider economic spending on a national scale.
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GDP: Does It Measure Up?

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Here is resource that offers a very clear explanation for how economists measure economic growth by comparing real GDP over time. There is also an additional activity that details the expenditure method and four components for...
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The Economics of WALL-E

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
If you've seen the popular Disney Pixar animated film WALL-E, did you catch the film's allusions to key economic concepts as the tragedy of the commons, collective ownership, personal incentive, and consumerism? It's all there, and...
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The Economics of Dallas Buyers Club

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
How do entrepreneurship and crony capitalism intersect with federal regulation and the Food and Drug Administration in Dallas Buyers Club? This is a fascinating video that covers a wealth of economic concepts while referencing the recent...
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What Are the ‘Ingredients’ for Economic Growth?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Delve into the concept of economic growth with your class members, including why economic growth is important, what causes it, and how can countries encourage it.
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What Causes an Economic Recession?

For Students 9th - 12th
Recession, depression, economic slowdown, weak market—we're familiar with the words but not ascertain what they mean and the causes of these economic fluctuations. A short video attempts to explain a very complex system.
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Real Life Economics 101

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Your learners will take key economic concepts, such as identifying needs versus wants and the four factors of production, and design a video to explain their topic choice to the class. Rather than have one person in charge of dispensing...
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Chapter 8: Introduction to Economic Growth and Instability

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Help your young economists put the current financial situation into context with this fluid and informative presentation. Complete with a thorough list of key terms at the end and a useful navigation tool on each slide, the presentation...
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Economics Quiz: Chapter 4

For Students 11th - 12th
Pop quiz time! After passing out a 10 question economics quiz, you'll be able to see how much your class understands economic demand. There are five multiple choice and five matching questions all related to the law of demand.
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Pet Shop Economics: Goods and Services

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Introduce basic economics to your students with this PowerPoint, focusing on goods and services. It includes examples of both economic factors from food to helping sick people. The last two slides include two multiple choice questions.
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ESL: Compare Economic Systems

For Students 8th - 12th
Intermediate English learners read short descriptions of how capitalist and communist systems function and answer the question: "What countries follow this economic system?" Frontload economics vocabulary; some relevant words are...
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Economics Quiz: Chapter 1 Section 3

For Students 10th - 12th
Decision making plays a big part in the US consumer market. Kids take a quiz to see what they understand about opportunity costs, free enterprise, economic choices, and trade-offs. There are five multiple choice and five matching...
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Economics Quiz: Chapter 7 Section 1

For Students 11th - 12th
Today we are testing the kids on Monopoly, Oligopoly, and economic competition. This isn't a game, it's a 10-question quiz that is perfect for an advanced economics class. The quiz includes five multiple choice and five matching questions.
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Economics: Chapter 16 Section III

For Students 11th - 12th
Trade deficits, foreign exchange, and international trade take top billing in an economics quiz. There are 10 questions related to international business and currency for your learners to answer.
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Types of Economic Systems

For Teachers 9th - 12th
As an introduction to economics, government classes investigate different types of economic systems (traditional, command, market or capitalist, mixed) to determine answers to basic question about how goods are produced.
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Socio-Economic Goals of the Government

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Equity. Increased productivity. Price stability. Environmental protection. Decreased poverty. Governments establish socio-economic goals and then must design and fund programs to address these goals. Groups investigate various programs...
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Intro to Economics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
There's an opportunity cost to everything you do, but it's minimal when you're learning about an applicable topic like economics. Join the Crash Course team as they introduce a 35-part video series on economics and briefly address some...
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Behavioral Economics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Understanding how consumers think is key to staying in business. Show high schoolers how their buying behavior really does affect the way the economy works with an informative video from Crash Course Economics. The video illustrates the...
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The Economics of Immigration

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Immigration is a topic that likely affects every member of your class, no matter how many generations of their families have been born in the United States. Learn about the reasons economists argue that immigration is ultimately helpful...
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The Economics of Happiness

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Money may not be able to buy happiness, but economic security can certainly contribute to overall happiness. A video from Crash Course economics presents the ways happiness can and cannot be quantified, including the value of intrinsic...
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Congress's Economic Powers

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Join Congress as they assess their economic abilities for spending—and as they discover their limits. High schoolers use an educational resource to explore Congress's economic powers and learn to apply these concepts to their everyday...
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Reforming the Industrial World: The Industrial Revolution leads to economic, social, and political reforms.

For Teachers 10th - 12th
The Industrial Revolution brought many changes to American and European economy and politics. Cover the causes and effects of social reforms after the rise of Industrialization. Topics include laissez-faire, economics, socialism,...
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Banking 1

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
As an introduction to the institution and function of banks in society, this video walks viewers through the concept of banking with colorful annotations and simplified narration. The lecture evolves naturally into a discussion about...
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Basic Economics Lesson 2 - Exchange and Prices

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Trade, exchange, and price are the focus of this basic economic video. Economic theory is used to describe whether exchange occurs, which relates to human wants and mutually beneficial exchange. The scenarios provided are used to explain...
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Basic Economics Lesson 1 - Humans Act

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Basic economics, according to this narrator, is based on human actions. This is a very academic video that describes economics in terms of means and ends, scarcity and choice. Note: This clip may be a bit dry for some students and is...
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Economic Health Indicators: GDP and CPI Worksheet

For Students 11th - 12th
Examine the nation's economic health using this GDP and CPI worksheet, which features helpful graphic depictions of complex concepts. The first 2 pages include 17 short-answer questions intended to guide reading from a text (not...
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A Royal Wedding: Facts, Figures and Basic Economics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The upcoming royal wedding can lead students on an exploration of economics and finances.
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If You Give A Mouse A Cookie: A Lesson In Economics

For Teachers K
Students explore the concept of cause and effect as it relates to economics through the story "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie."  Students discuss simple cause and effect relationships and make predictions according to the story. They play...
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Africa: Economics And Change

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the gold-mining industry in Africa. In this geography skills lesson, students watch "Africa: Economics and Change," investigate the challenges of working in mines, research attributes and production of gold and discuss...
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Economics: Specialization in Trade

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students explore economics by participating in a financial role-play activity. In this fair trade lesson, students discuss the production necessities to running a business in the agriculture world. Students create a paper clown by...
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The Business Cycle and Important Economic Measures

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Help your class understand the natural cycle of growth and decline in an economy, and the importance of GDP, the unemployment rate, and inflation. Your learners will begin with reading, worksheets, and detailed direct instruction on...
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Focus on Economic Data: US Real GDP Growth, August 26, 2011

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young economists answer a series of critical thinking questions as they analyze real data that shows GDP Growth. They examine the provided charts, read through the background information, and discuss changes that occurred in the third...
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COVID-19: Globalization and Economic Impact

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How does COVID-19 affect a global economy? The final installment in a three-part series explores the economic impact of the illness on a global scale. High school historians discuss globalization and analyze sources of data to understand...
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Sample Test: Economics

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
From scarcity and marginal benefits and costs to economic systems and GDP, this 22-question multiple choice test covers some of the most fundamental concepts of economics.
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The Bead Game

For Teachers 6th Standards
What better way to learn about different economic systems than to participate in them? An engaging bead game highlights the differences between market, command, and traditional economies. In small groups, 6th graders work through three...
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Practice Test: United States Economic System

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Here is a well-designed, traditional multiple choice exam that includes 27 questions on concepts ranging from economic systems and corporations to supply and demand and competitive markets.
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Economic Systems of the Incas and Aztecs

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The Inca and Aztecs created vast economic empires in South America, but how did economics play a role? A simulation activity and reading help scholars evaluate the kinds of markets these great civilizations created. They then consider...
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MLK: Economic Power and Nonviolent Resistance

For Students 6th - 12th
New ReviewA stirring video, accompanied by audio clips from many of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speeches, provides viewers with King's ideas about how civil rights activists can use economic boycotts as a powerful non-violent resistance tool.
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The Social and Economic Impact of Covid-19

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
COVID-19 has not only impacted global health. An eight-slide presentation looks at the social and economic impact of the pandemic. Slides also provide information about those deemed essential workers and socially and economically...
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Recession is Not Recess

For Teachers 9th - 12th
An impressive lesson plan produced by The Washington Post on various aspects of economics. This nine-page page lesson has an amazing variety of activities embedded in it for high school high schoolers. There are great worksheets,...
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A Piece of The Energy Pie: Lesson 10

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Cost-benefit, green initiatives, global economics, and renewable energy are the topics of this thought-provoking lesson plan. Learners watch the video, NASCAR Goes Green, engage in a circular written discussion, then talk about the green...
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Oligopoly

For Students 12th - Higher Ed
Economics can be a competitive and, at times, devious subject. Learners work through a series of four worksheets to better understand oligopoly. Each sheet includes real-world scenarios, passages to read, graphs to analyze, and short...
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The Ethics of Outsourcing to China

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
After viewing clips from a documentary on factory work in China and US outsourcing, learners have a fishbowl discussion. They work in groups to build both personal points of view and strong arguments on the effects of outsourcing in...
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Home Economics: Teen Building

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Learners explore the emotional and nutritional needs of teenagers in a six-lesson unit, which covers such topics as food sources, cooking skills, emotional well-being, and the positive effect of food and family occasions. 
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Econ in a Bag

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Here is a nice idea, have your young entrepeneurs form their own companies. Each company is given a paper bad to locate and place resources in that they can use to create products their businesses sell on Sale Day. They identify and...
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The Foundation of Economics

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
This is a one-stop shop as an introduction to Economics; review 53 slides covering the basics of most economics principles with images and instructor notes. Journey from Adam Smith and the foundation of modern economics to concepts such...
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Economic Development in China

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students create a poster which depicts and summarizes Rostow's 5 stages of economic development. They make a list of 8 data measures that help identify which level of economic development a country is at. They gather data and...
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Centuries of Economic Growth: From Feathers to Robotics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read scenarios about the production of Bibles over five historical time periods. Working in small groups, students create skits and develop a retrieval chart that is used to analyze factors that impact economic growth.
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Economics Concepts

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Learners relate economics and government policies. In this lesson, students explore the relationship between economics and government policies. They understand how the economy works and can make better decisions as it relates to the future.
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Economic Systems

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students research economic systems. In this economy lesson, students prepare and deliver a presentation based on their research of the three major types of economic systems. This lesson includes 6 activities which are designed to further...
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Economics during the Civil War

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students synthesize the concepts of scarcity, supply, and demand, pertaining to the Civil War time period. In this economics lesson, students gain understanding of economic terms through read-alouds, Venn diagrams, (comparing lifestyles...
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AN EXAMINATION OF HOW GEOGRAPHICAL SETTLEMENTS LED TO AN ECONOMIC SYSTEM IN THE 13 COLONIES

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate and justify the geographic reasons why the colonists settled in the locations they did, and how this led to their economic system using a map of the original thirteen colonies.
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Graphics Creation and Statistical Interpretation: Relating Local Economics and the Global Environment

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students apply statistics, and graphical interpretation to economics, the environment and populations. In this statistical lesson students construct graphical displays and classify data.
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Comparing Economic Systems

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
How do people make decisions in a world where wants are unlimited, but resources are not? How do individuals and governments utilize scarce resources (human, natural, and capital) in different economic systems? Introduce your learners to...
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Price Elasticity of Demand

For Students 12th - Higher Ed
A series of economic activities should keep your class busy for a while. Six different worksheets review the concepts of price elasticity, demand, and U.S. economics. Multiple real-world applications and scenarios house each of the ten...
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When Capitalism is Great and Not-so-great

For Students 8th - 12th
Comparing and contrasting Capitalism and Socialism, this lecture outlines many nuances between the two economic systems, including the ideas of meritocracy and "fairness." A discussion about the effects of either system gone "unchecked"...
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Equilibrium

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Twelfth graders and college students alike work on great practical application problems related to supply and demand with this worksheet series. There are five different worksheets containing graphs, charts, and scenario based problems...
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Child Nutrition Unit

For Teachers 7th - 10th
How much fun can you have teaching adolescents about nutrition? Try taking them to work with preschoolers for an hour! This 4-day mini-unit about the importance of nutrition early in life culminates with a field trip. It was written for...
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Communism

For Students 8th - 11th
Clarifying the differences between Capitalism, Communism, and Socialism, as well as describing the historical contexts for each, this video will help viewers understand the meaning of Communist and Capitalist countries. This resource...
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Financial Markets

For Teachers 11th - 12th
A presentation like this may be good for your learners and their parents. Discover the ins, outs, and in-betweens regarding financial markets. Slides are straightforward, easy to follow, and provide basic information for building a...
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Primary Source Worksheet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Excerpts from Fireside Chat on Economic Conditions

For Students 8th - 11th
Franklin D. Roosevelt's April 14, 1938 Fireside Chat on economic conditions provides young historians an opportunity to polish their primary source comprehension skills. A great resource to add to you curriculum library.
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Economics Term Review

For Students Higher Ed
If you are preparing your economics class for a final exam, this tool could be very helpful. Whether you pick and choose or use all 85 prompts, an entire course in both micro and macro economics can be found in this 3-page review. Both...
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Japan: Economic Powerhouse

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Japanese economic recovery after WWII is the focus of this slideshow. It shows how Japan invested in education and technology to turn its economy around. However, it stops short and appears to be incomplete - a good start in need of a...
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The Stock Market: High School Economics

For Teachers 12th
High school economists learn about the stock market in a project where they "buy" and track stocks. The author of this resource reports it is the high point of her 12th grade economics course, but no resources are attached. After viewing...
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Economic Reasoning: Why Are We A Nation Of Couch Potatoes?

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students examine the visual aids of this lesson to study the costs and benefits of decisions about diet and exercise. They investigate human choice as it affects behavior and in turns effects economics and consequences.
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Economic Geography

For Students 9th - 12th
Investigate economic geography through this text-companion worksheet. Learners read about and compare economic systems, examine the role of natural resources and infrastructure, and are introduced to GDP and GNP statistics. They take...
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Globalization and the Economic Crisis

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students take a closer look at the global economic crisis of 2008. In this global issues activity, students analyze political cartoons related to the crisis that struck several nations. Students discuss their impressions of the crisis.
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Identifying Economic Concepts in Literature

For Teachers 9th - 12th
After reading Annie and the Old Ones, the class chooses an idea they agree with about Annie's actions and explain their opinion to a partner or the class. They work together to identify at least one economic concept from the book. This...
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Economics Study Guide

For Students 11th - 12th
Use this resource as a basic review of economic principles. There are six questions relating to the factors of production, opportunity costs, wants and needs, tangibles and intangibles, and more.
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Agriculture: Economics and Policy

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Support your next lesson on Agriculture, economics, and policy with this presentation. Intended for use with a McGraw-Hill/Irwin textbook on Economics, this presentation notes key points regarding farming and economics in America....
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The Legacy of the Olympics: Economic Burden or Boon?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Do the economic benefits of major sporting events such as the Olympics or the World Cup outweigh the expected costs? Using fundamental economic terms, discover the explicit and implicit costs and benefits for countries that host these...
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Natural Disasters: From Destruction to Recovery

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What are the major economic implications, both good and bad, of natural disasters? Discover the effect that natural disasters can have on labor market conditions, capital, household incomes, and opportunities for reconstruction in local...
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How Neolithic Farmers Increased Their Standard of Living

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How do people improve their economic situations? While many learners may not consider questions about how many crops to grow in ancient times were economic decisions, a hands-on activity encourages individuals to make these connections....
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Finance & Accounting Vocabulary

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Introduce learners to the vocabulary commonly used when discussing or learning about finance and accounting. Each term is fully defined, used in context, and also in an economic example. Liability, loss, assets, balance sheet, and gross...
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Simple Analysis of Cost per Job Saved from Stimulus

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
What's Sal's take on the economic stimulus package? He breaks down some government provided statistics to determine the total price per job created. 
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Alabama's Economic Contribution to the Confederacy

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
With a presentation and guided questions, help elementary historians understand the role Alabama played in the Confederate economy during the Civil War. The resource concludes with a newspaper article writing assessment.
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Economics Budget Project

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Check out this traditional economics project on budgeting for its great additional materials, which include samples as to how learners can write proper goal/income/expenditure/balanced budget analyses, as well as an Excel spreadsheet...
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The European Union’s Economic and Monetary Union

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What are the benefits of using the Euro, the EU's common currency? What are the challenges faced? As their examination of the European Union continues, class members investigate the impact on how the switch to the Euro impacted...
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Inflation and Bubbles and Tulips

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
If a country needs more money, they should just print more currency, right? Not exactly. Learn about the economic ramifications of inflation and deflation with an engaging video from Crash Course Economics.
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Lesson 3: A Fresh Start

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
The members of your economics class may be busy earning graduation credits, but the credit they should be concerned about is their financial credit. The third activity in a unit about Hurricane Katrina and other events that can result in...
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Athens and Sparta-Imagine the Possibilities

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Both Athens and Sparta made choices to survive in ancient Greece. Those choices were, in essence, economic ones about how to direct resources. A Venn diagram activity and reading ask class members to examine the connection between...
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On This Day: 2008 Financial Crisis

For Students 7th - 12th
Was the financial crisis of 2008 a repeat of the stock market crash of 1929? A thought-provoking resource explores the effects of the 2008 crisis with the words of then-future President Obama. Historians hear a brief outline of the...
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The Economics of Health Care

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Health care is an industry that impacts every American. Study the economics behind the Health care industry in the US with this supplementary presentation. Intended for use with a McGraw-Hill textbook, these slides will help upper...
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Hands on Banking

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What happens to your money between the time you make a bank deposit and the time you decide to spend it? Take middle schoolers and teens through the process of opening checking and savings accounts, creating a personal budget,...
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Lesson 2: In the Aftermath

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Don't wait for a crisis to get your finances together. An economics lesson demonstrates the importance of understanding crucial documents, banking basics, and financial tools with the focus on Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and its effects.
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Tale of the Tape: Predicting Long-Term Economic Growth on the Korean Peninsula

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the Korean economy. In this economics lesson, students compare and contrast the command and market economies of North Korea and South Korea as they examine data.
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What is an economic system?

For Teachers 6th
The class is divided into thirds and each third conducts Internet research on one of the three economic systems. They use an Inspiration template to type in a definition and facts about their assigned economic system. A four-two-one...
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Economics Quiz: Chapter 5 Section 2

For Students 11th - 12th
Have you just finished a chapter on the four stages of production? If so, you'll be able to hand out a short pop quiz. There are 10 questions total, all related to production economics. 
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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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GDP and Economic Growth

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Get into the nitty gritty of GDP as this economics instructor breaks down how we measure the growth of an economy within a country's borders. You will review the four components (consumers, investments, government, and foreign...
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Take It To the Bank

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Examine how the economics of a school store relate to real world economics. Elementary students explore various websites, complete a Venn diagram, create a schedule of wages for the students, read the book "A Chair For My Mother" and...
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Episode 19: Costs of Production and the Shutdown Decision

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
The 19th podcast of a 21-part series on economics focuses on the costs of production when running a business. Historians analyze the difference between fixed, explicit, and implicit costs. They use mathematical equations to find total...
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Episode 9: Functions of Money

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Have you ever traded a cow for a car? Scholars analyze the functions of money and what it stands for in the ninth installment of a 21-part Economic Lowdown podcast series. They listen to a short podcast and imagine a world where...
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Episode 2: Factors of Production

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
How does an entrepreneur reach success? Scholars use Econ Lowdown to research the four factors of production in the second lesson of a 21-part economic series. They access podcasts and video links online to analyze how people access...
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World Events Work Against Grain Buyers

For Students 11th - 12th
Eight short-answer questions and three graphs for student response are included in the worksheet. They'll read two dialogue-driven articles to assess if those speaking understand economics or not. They'll draw graphs to show what is...
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Money Smart Choices

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Your class can explore personal finance concepts with this money and philanthropy lesson. They define and discuss the terms spend, save, donate, and invest as they relate to the personal use of money. In groups, they work to explore many...
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TECH: The Trading Game

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Property ownership, restricted trade, and free trade are the topics of this game. Kids play a trade game to better understand the interrelationship between technology, economics, and personal choices. Rules to the game and a series of...
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Saving Time and Money on Dinner

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
What's for dinner? An engaging home economics lesson lets students decide the menu based on a given nutritional requirement and monetary budget. 
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To Market We Will Go

For Teachers 2nd - 9th
Introduce your class to the world of economics in this ELD lesson plan, which takes them through a market simulation. They work in teams to create businesses and produce products or services. Each team must buy materials as well as pay...
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Southern Africa

For Students 6th - 8th
Investigate the culture and economics or Southern Africa in this text-companion learning exercise. Learners read about the gold trade, apartheid, wealth division, and traditional lifestyles in this region. They take notes and answer 4...
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Writing Exercise: Economic and Social Revolutions II

For Students 8th - 10th
The Industrial Revolution continues today in some parts of the world, and it's up to your class to think about why that is true. They compose three short answers related to socialism, industry, and the postindustrial economy. A great...
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Writing Exercises: Economic and Social Revolutions IV

For Students 9th - 11th
Any revolution is going to impact both society and economy. The class works to grasp the effect of industrialization on the environment, government, and politics. They respond to three critical thinking questions which require them to...
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Chapter 39: The Economics of Developing Countries

For Teachers 10th - 12th
The disparity between the standards of living in industrialized countries versus developing countries has gotten wider - and this presentation can help your class learn why. With a multitude of key definitions and facts, these slides go...
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Economics Lesson 4: Understanding Markets

For Students 7th - 9th
Once your economists understand the basics about buying and selling, introduce them to the 3 types of economies with this reading comprehension activity. First, learners read a short selection about how economies are organized....
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Economics for Leaders Performance Assessment

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students participate in a scenerio in which they are assessed on the material in previous lessons. In groups, they prepare a presentation based on their solutions to the given problem. They develop their critical thinking skills applying...
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Economics Lesson 5: The United States in the Global Marketplace

For Students 7th - 9th
Explore the market globalization with this reading comprehension worksheet. Learners read a short selection about the United States in the global marketplace. Vocabulary words are in bold, but consider maintaining engagement by having...
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The Big Picture-Economic Security in the Country and your Community

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore economic security at the local and national level during the time period preceding the 2008 presidential election. They fill out surveys on their thoughts and concerns regarding the US economy, and watch a video...
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"The Cluster of Errors" - The Austrian Theory of Boom and Bust

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Does the financial crises of 2008 fit the Austrian economic theory of "boom and bust"? American economics professor Lawrence H. White discusses economists' rationale for following interest rates and the reliability of turning to theory...
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The Story of the Federal Reserve System

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Prevent the Federal Reserve System from becoming a dry topic for your middle and high schoolers by using an informative, engaging resource! The cartoon takes your class on a journey with aliens from the planet of Novus to observe the...
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Economic Systems

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Here you'll find a simple graphic organizer for comparing traditional, market, command, and mixed economies. The worksheet asks learners to note a description for each economic system, including who decides what to produce and how to...
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Teaching Economics Using Children's Literature: The Giving Tree

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree is a great way to cover multiple concepts in an elementary school classroom. Throughout this lesson, they learn about economic principles such as scarcity and goods, science principles like renewable...
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The Science of Economics

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Forty-one pages of economics lecture notes provide an excellent resource to supplement your lessons. This includes explanations and graphics on major principles such as scarcity, supply and demand, production factors, and growth and...
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Comparative Advantage and Gains from Trade

For Students 11th - 12th
Using a formula and several economic scenarios, learners answer six problem solving questions and finish a graph. They will use this worksheet to better understand comparative advantage and economic gains made through trade.