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Lesson: The Effects of the Recession

Focus on Economic Data: U.S. Real GDP Growth, January 30, 2008

This lesson focuses on the January 30, 2008, announcement by the Federal Open Market Committee on the current Federal Reserve monetary policy goals. This lesson is intended to guide students and teachers through an analysis of the actions the Federal Reserve is taking and can take in influencing prices, employment, and economic growth. An understanding of monetary policy in action is fundamental to developing a thorough understanding of macroeconomics and the dynamics of the U.S. economy. 

Grades: 9-12
Published: 02/26/2008

Who Is Working?

This lesson teaches students what economists mean when they talk about people who are employed, unemployed, and not in the labor force. It discusses the Current Population Survey and asks students to pose as government survey workers to determine the employment status of 10 people given in the lesson. Students also create a bar graph and a line graph to create a picture of the information they pretend to collect.

Grades: 6-8
Published: 07/23/2003

Focus on Economic Data: U.S. Employment and the Unemployment Rate, May 2, 2008

The lesson summarizes the content of the May 2, 2008, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, announcement of the unemployment rate and employment data for the month of April, 2008. The meaning and importance of the data are discussed. Students consider the implications of the data for the economy and themselves. Exercises are included for reinforcing knowledge of the concepts.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 05/20/2008

Related Publications

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Middle School World Geography: Focus on Economics

This publication blends the disciplines of geography and economics through 9 activity-based lessons for middle school students.

Grades: 6-8
Published: 2004

2 out of 9 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.

Mathematics & Economics: Connections for Life - 6-8

Created specifically for middle school mathematics teachers, this publication shows how mathematics concepts and knowledge can be used to develop economic and personal financial understandings.

Grades: 6-8
Published: 2002

2 out of 12 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.

Playful Economics

Designed primarily for elementary and middle school students, each of the 15 lessons in this guide introduces an economics concept through activities with modeling clay.

Grades: K-8
Published: 2011

2 out of 17 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.