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What goes into making up a "just-right" password? In this video, and its accompanying lesson plan, students learn about how to create good passwords and the risks of not doing so.
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Benefit, Choice, Costs, Risk
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Ana has a big problem. She accidentally spent almost $100 on in-app purchases while playing on her favorite princess app. Her friend Jamal made the same mistake a while back and teaches Ana how to be responsible when using apps by recognizing when apps are offering freemium content and only downloading apps that have parental gates. The full lesson plan for Appily Ever After is available here .
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Consumers, Credit, Goods, Services
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Grade9-12
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In Policy Perspectives on Social Security, a digital interactive activity, students think critically about Social Security policy choices from the perspectives of varied personas. This interactive is intended for use as an extension activity for CEE's Social Security and the National Debt lesson plan, though it can also be used independently. For guidance on using the activity, please review our Policy Perspectives Usage Guidelines document. This activity has been published as a public BETA release. We invite your feedback for the final version by completing this survey.
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Debt, Scarcity, Trade-off
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Grade9-12
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By Andrea Caceres-Santamaria

Students will use a Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) data dashboard to calculate budget deficits, surpluses, how much federal budgets in certain budget years added to the total public debt, and gross federal debt as percent of GDP. Using the information they have collected, students will answer questions requiring analysis and inference.

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Budget, Budget Deficit, Budget Surplus, Consumption, Debt, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Investment, Productivity, Recession, Revenue, Total Cost (TC), Total Revenue (TR), Trade-off
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Grade9-12
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Help your students to understand how the federal budget is established using CEE's animated video Overview of the Federal Budget Process. The video is based upon the Overview of the Federal Budget Process handout supplementing Understanding Fiscal Responsibility lessons and provides an introduction into the decisions that go into establishing the federal budget. In this video, students engage in a discussion on who is making these decisions and how they might influence the process.
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Budget, Federal Budget, Fiscal Policy
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Grade3-5
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By Council for Economic Education

Economies depend on the availability of resources. This lesson introduces the concept of productive resources to students through discussion. Students learn how the use of natural, human, and capital resources impacts outcomes while building houses in Minecraft.

This lesson is also posted on Minecraft Education's website of lesson plans.  For more lesson plans using Minecraft, please visit: [EEL-link id='5259' title='https://education.minecraft.net/class-resources/lessons/' ] .

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Capital Resources, Human Resources, Natural Resources, Productive Resources
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Grade3-5
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By Council for Economic Education

Students will explore making choices by evaluating the costs and benefits and identifying the opportunity cost of decisions in the real world and by building in Minecraft.

This lesson is also posted on Minecraft Education's website of lesson plans.  For more lesson plans using Minecraft, please visit: [EEL-link id='5259' title='https://education.minecraft.net/class-resources/lessons/' ].  

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Benefit, Choice, Costs, Decision Making, Opportunity Cost
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Grade3-5
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By Bonnie Meszaros

This lesson from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' EconLowdown site teaches students what it means to save and reach savings goals through the book Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier.

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Income, Opportunity Cost, Saving

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