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HIGH SCHOOL LESSONS

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    When Graphs Mislead Us

    Students will watch 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 dif...

    Grades: 9-12

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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 calculate the total cost of a payday loan using s...

    Grades: 9-12

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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 r...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Create Two Way Tables, Find Marginal Distribu...

    Students collect data from a hands-on activity involving “Colors Goldfish® Baked Snack Crackers” to learn how to create a two-way table, find the marginal distribution, and find t...

    Grades: 9-12

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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 ...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Profit Maximization

    In this lesson students solve an optimization problem based on the real-world example of profit maximization. Students analyze a revenue and profit report for Apple, Inc., to explore prof...

    Grades: 9-12

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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 decision-making process that includes consideri...

    Grades: 9-12

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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 ...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Understanding and Analyzing an Income Statement

    The income statement provides valuable information that can help buyers make a well-informed decision when considering the purchase of a business. It can also help determine the value ...

    Grades: 9-12

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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: 6-8, 9-12

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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...

    Grades: 6-8, 9-12

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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...

    Grades: 9-12

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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...

    Grades: 6-8, 9-12

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  • Apple Pie Lorenz Curve

    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. ...

    Grades: 9-12

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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...

    Grades: 9-12

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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...

    Grades: 9-12

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  • Sled Dogs Inuit Economy

    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...

    Grades: 9-12

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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.

    Grades: 9-12

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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...

    Grades: 9-12

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  • Training Human Physical Capital

    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.

    Grades: 9-12

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  • Keynes Hayek Chicago Economics

    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 ...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Comparative Economic Systems

    Students research the economic systems of a communist country and a third-world country and compare them to the US, guided by questions and using information from the CIA World Factboo...

    Grades: 6-8, 9-12

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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...

    Grades: 9-12

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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...

    Grades: 9-12

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