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Game-Based Learning in Economics

When games are connected to learning outcomes, they can motivate students to engage in and achieve learning. In each of these lessons, games play an integral part in the learning process. Students build in Minecraft. They balance the budget in the Fiscal Ship, and they learn about trading, behavioral economics, and opportunity cost in non-digital games.

Lesson

Federal Budget: The Fiscal Ship Game

In this economics lesson, students will evaluate fiscal policy objectives to learn the challenges of sustainable national budget formation.
Key Concepts: Budget Deficits and Public Debt, Fiscal Policy, Roles of Government
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Fiscal Ship Through the Lens of the Elections

Where does each party stand when it comes to fiscal management? In this lesson, students will analyze each major political…
Key Concepts: Budget Deficit, Budget Deficits and Public Debt, GDP…
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The Trading Game

In this lesson, students will learn about the gains from trade. Students will participate in a trading game that will…
Key Concepts: Benefits of Trade, Comparative Advantage, Trade, Exchange and Interdependence
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The Fiscal Ship | Activity

Think like a president! Choose strategies to keep the federal debt in check as you play The Fiscal Ship, a…
Key Concepts: Budget Deficits and Public Debt, Fiscal Policy
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