Common Core State Standards
HIGH SCHOOL LESSONS

How Will I Pay for College?
In this lesson, students will learn about current trends in student borrowing and determine a reasonable debt load for hypothetical students. College costs have escalated over the past...
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The Hidden Costs of College
College costs have escalated over the past two decades, and many students are relying on student loans to cover the costs. So it is more important than ever to carefully consider the c...
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Productivity and Graphing Linear and Quadrati...
In this lesson students interpret key features of graphs for both linear and quadratic functions in the context of total and marginal production. The lesson begins with a short video abou...
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Rates of Change
This lesson uses a classic video clip to introduce variable and fixed inputs. Students participate in an activity that demonstrates adding additional inputs to a fixed set of inputs th...
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Distribution of Income
Students engage in a simulation to explore how productivity influences the distribution of income and how government policy influences the redistribution of income. They calculate meas...
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Deriving Marginalism
This lesson creates a connection between derivatives and marginalism. Students will be engaging in a set of scaffolding activities that explore the Marginal Cost Function, Marginal Rev...
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Who Bears the Burden When a Tax Is Imposed on...
Students will learn how to determine the function values [f(x) or y values] of simple functions by calculation and inspection and will learn to calculate the area under straight line grap...
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The Mathematics Behind Progressive, Regressiv...
Students take a quiz that involves earning income and paying a tax. Through this activity, they generate data that they use to create a table, a graph, and to build equations that repr...
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When Graphs Mislead Us
Students view a video and answer questions about Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Graphs of real GDP per capita are used to demonstrate that the same set of data can be shown in different...
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Spending Multipliers
Students learn the definition of marginal propensity to consume and marginal propensity to save. After spending time practicing computing what these terms mean, students participate in...
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Exchange Rates
Students describe and identify where certain items they own come from and the approximate price of these items. They learn that to purchase an imported item they have to pay the people...
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How Expensive are Payday Loans?
Students will learn how a payday loan works by watching a video. They will learn that payday loans are an expensive form of borrowing and then calculate the total cost of a payday loan...
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Using Slope to Compute Opportunity Cost
Students learn the basic economic concept of opportunity cost and draw a production possibilities frontier to learn the constraints a society faces when deciding what to produce. After...
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Discover How Two Way Tables Are Used To Deter...
Students collect data from a handson activity involving Colors Goldfish® Baked Snack Crackers to learn how to create a twoway table, find the marginal distribution, and find the ...
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Earning Credit
Students participate in a series of activities that provide them with a simulated credit score and an auto loan interest rate based on their credit score. Then they learn to use compound ...
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Buy and Hold: A Stock Market Simulation
Students will participate in a brief activity as well as direct instruction that explains the purpose of stocks and bonds from both a corporate and investor perspective. Then they will...
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Profit Maximization
In this lesson students solve an optimization problem based on the realworld example of profit maximization. Students analyze a revenue and profit report for Apple, Inc. to explore pr...
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Graphing and Interpreting Linear Relationship...
Students explore budget constraints by solving a contextual problem involving the purchase of goods on a fixed income. Adjustments to the quantities of two goods are used to explore th...
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Using Systems of Equations with Supply and De...
Students are introduced to the concepts of supply and demand. They will construct a supply and demand graph, compute the equations of the lines, utilize a system of equations, and solve t...
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BreakEven Analysis
Students participate in a group activity in which they are assigned a business. They use breakeven analysis to calculate the number of units that must be sold or at what price each uni...
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Opportunity Cost
Consumers are faced with tough choices because so many innovative and exciting products and services are available. Therefore, engraining a decisionmaking process that includes consideri...
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Understanding a Balance Sheet
A balance sheet shows the assets, liabilities, and net worth for a business on a given day. This business document is one of the major documents used in evaluating a business. Students ...
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Understanding and Analyzing an Income Statement
The income statement is one of the most important financial statements used in making business decisions. The income statement is an analytical tool that can be used in business and perso...
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Chevy Volt... It's Electric!
The costs and benefits of owning an electric or hybrid car will be evaluated in this lesson. By reading and researching the history of the production of electric cars, the lesson allows s...
Grades: 68, 912
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Calculating Simple Interest
How do banks calculate the amount of interest paid on a loan? In this lesson, students will view a Livescribe Pencast to learn how to find the dollar amount in interest that is due at ma...
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Preparing a 1040EZ Income Tax Form
Many students in high school or in college have part time jobs and learn the concept of gross pay and net pay. Their employers take out taxes at the federal and state level. This lesson...
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Baseball Economics 201
As many baseball fans can tell you, the New York Yankees usually have a great season record, make the playoffs and make a run towards to the World Championship each year. The Yankees' su...
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Graphing a Lorenz Curve and Calculating the G...
In this lesson, students receive raw data to construct a Lorenz Curve and calculate the Gini Coefficient. This lesson prepares AP Microeconomics students for the Advanced Placement exam. ...
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Production Possibilities Curve
Students will apply the concepts of scarcity, choice, and opportunity costs using a production possibilities curve. Students will interpret points inside and outside the curve. As an ex...
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Balance of Payments (BOP)
International trade allows countries to buy and sell both domestic and foreign goods, as well as services and financial assets. A country's transactions are summarized in a set of accoun...
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Traditional Economies and the Inuit
The Inuit people of northern Canada provide an example of a traditional economy. For thousands of years, Inuit parents have taught their children the survival skills needed to survive in...
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Should LeBron James Mow His Own Lawn?
This lesson will discuss absolute advantage, comparative advantage, specialization and trade with an example using professional basketball player LeBron James.
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Tax Time Scavenger Hunt
Income taxes can be confusing, but there are a lot of online resources to help us understand them! This lesson takes students through four useful sites, asking them to look for specific ...
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Henry Ford and the Model T: A Case Study in P...
When Henry Ford announced he was going to produce an automobile that would be affordable to the masses, he probably did not realize what a great impact his achievement would have on life ...
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History of monopolies in the United States.
Monopolies in the United States have existed in many forms. When a business dominates a market, its market power makes it a monopoly. How these businesses use their market power will de...
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What causes inflation?
This lesson explores different types of inflation and terms associated with this economic concept. You may have heard relatives talk about the good old days when a dollar would buy somet...
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Capital Investments: Human v. Physical
In this lesson you will define human capital and understand why it is necessary for economic growth. Also, you will explore how people can increase their personal level of human capital.
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Keynes vs. Hayek: The Rise of the Chicago Sch...
Economic freedom is freedom from government intervention in the production and distribution of goods and services. After World War II, governments were trying to rebuild their economies ...
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Where did All the Money Go? The Great Depress...
In this lesson, the students read a brief passage that poses the mystery, "How did the Great Depression happen?" As detectives, they gather clues using the Internet to invest...
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Price Elasticity: From Tires to Toothpicks
Students gain an understanding of price elasticity of demand and why different goods have different degrees of elasticity. Students learn how to calculate price elasticity of goods.
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Business Ownership: How Sweet It Can Be!
In this lesson, students research the three basic types of business organization: sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. Considering the advantages and disadvantages of...
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The Role of a Bank Teller
In banking and finance, the role of a bank teller is a key feature. In this lesson, we will explore how bank tellers could make or break the banking world!
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Here's Your Chance to Make Millions in the St...
In Part III of this lesson, students will have the opportunity to complete an interactive exercise that will take them on a historical tour of the stock market from Post WWII through ...
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Here's Your Chance to Make Millions in the St...
In Part II of this lesson, students will have the opportunity to complete an interactive exercise that will take them on a historical tour of the stock market from 1920 until just aft...
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Here's Your Chance to Make Millions in the St...
In this lesson students will learn about the impact that efficient markets have on attempting to correctly time the stock market, as well as how investing in stocks should have longt...
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Fiscal and Monetary Policy Process
Students follow each step of fiscal and monetary policy processes, to see the logic of how these tools are used to correct economic instability.
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Exchange Rates and Exchange: How Money Affect...
Students learn how currency values are set by supply and demand, and how changes in the value of currency affect international trade. Students then find the value of the Brazilian Re...
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Comparative Economic Systems
Students research the economic systems of a communist country and a thirdworld country and compare them to the US, guided by questions and using information from the CIA World Factboo...
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National Budget Simulation
Students serve as an Economic Advisor to the President, who must increase military spending out of political necessity, but needs to reduce spending in other programs to limit the def...
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NYSE Made Easy
This lesson will help students to understand the terms that are associated with the New York Stock Exchange. It will also help students to read a stock market report found in any major...
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Online Banking  What is it & Should I do it?
The lesson examines what online banking is and the pros and cons of banking online.
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Money is What Money Does
Throughout history, a wide variety of items have served as money. These include gold, silver, large stone wheels, tobacco, beer, dog teeth, porpoise teeth, cattle, metal coins, paper bil...
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