Intro to Economics

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 of the main themes found throughout the unit.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Send the video home for learners to watch and take notes in a flipped classroom activity
  • Encourage learners to create a KWL chart at the beginning of the video or series of videos, and to jot down any questions they have during the viewing
Classroom Considerations
  • Features a long introduction; consider beginning the video at 1:45 to save time and maximize instruction
  • The first video in a series of 35
  • Examines the opportunity cost of attending school versus ditching class
  • Specifies that the video is not political, but does so in a dismissive way (i.e. liberals vs. conservatives)
  • As the video is an introduction to a longer series, it only touches upon overarching economic concepts
Pros
  • Uses graphics and animations to engage learners and clarify meaning
  • Narrators employ real-world examples to explain abstract concepts
Cons
  • None