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HIGH SCHOOL LESSONS

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    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...

    Grades: 9-12

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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...

    Grades: 9-12

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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...

    Grades: 9-12

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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...

    Grades: 9-12

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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...

    Grades: 9-12

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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...

    Grades: 9-12

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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...

    Grades: 9-12

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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...

    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 then calculate the total cost of a payday loan...

    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...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Discover How Two Way Tables Are Used To Deter...

    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 the ...

    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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    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...

    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 pr...

    Grades: 9-12

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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...

    Grades: 9-12

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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...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Break-Even 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...

    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 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...

    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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    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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    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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  • File Taxes

    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 ...

    Grades: 9-12

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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...

    Grades: 9-12

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