Teachers, you can now register your students for TWO NATIONAL COMPETITIONS this spring—our National Personal Finance Challenge (financial stability/mobility) and our National Economics Challenge (micro/macroeconomics).

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Who Pays for City Hall?

The students take a virtual field trip to City Hall in this kid-friendly site. This beginning civics/economic lesson will introduce…
Key Concepts: Communities and Cities, Roles of Government
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NOT your Grandma’s Lemonade Stand

After a review of elementary economic concepts, students will apply their understanding by playing an online computer game, Lemonade Stand.…
Key Concepts: Choice, Consumers, Demand…
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The Mystery of the Amazing Farmers

In this lesson you will be taking on the role of an an investigative reporter to solve the Amazing Farmer…
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Division of Labor/Specialization, Goods and Services
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Free Ride

Free Ride helps students identify goods and services provided by the government and evaluate the cost of government provided goods…
Key Concepts: GDP, Goods and Services, Roles of Government
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Car Shopping in a Command Economy

Contrary to US methods of distribution (namely prices), the Soviet Union used different methods of distribution of its goods during…
Key Concepts: Economic Systems, Incentive, Markets and Prices
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Nothing to Buy

Students compare the Soviet-era marketplace with present-day Russian marketplace.
Key Concepts: Choice, Income Distribution, Roles of Government…
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The Story of Jack and the Bank Stalk

Fairy tales have always been used to give lessons about life. The story of Jack and the Bean Stalk is…
Key Concepts: Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Economic Institutions…
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US History: Inventors & Entrepreneurs

Students will learn the difference between inventors and entrepreneurs. From talking with adults they will learn some of the benefits…
Key Concepts: Consumers, Entrepreneurs, Incentive…
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Pennies Make Cents

Students will review the history of trade before money and will investigate the history of money. Students will locate information…
Key Concepts: Money, Trade, Exchange and Interdependence
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Changes in Change

This lesson begins with students visiting a web site that gives them practice in counting money. The second site goes…
Key Concepts: Economic Institutions, Goods and Services, Money
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Bill, Are You Bogus?

In a barter system, people have to trade goods and services for other goods and services. In an economy that…
Key Concepts: Goods and Services, Money, Trade, Exchange and Interdependence
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Old Business, New Business

In this lesson students are introduced to several businesses from the past. They see that, while the names for these…
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Business, Demand…
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I Have No Money, Would You Take Wampum?

Through the use of folk tales, history, and the students' own experiences, students will recognize the inter-relatedness of goods, services,…
Key Concepts: Goods and Services, Money, Trade, Exchange and Interdependence
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An Entreduction

This lesson illustrates the differences between inventions and innovations. It discusses what entrepreneurs are and their role with inventions and…
Key Concepts: Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Entrepreneurs, Investing…
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Hey, Mom! What’s for Breakfast?

In this lesson students working in cooperative groups will: 1.Discuss food items they consume for breakfast. 2.Investigate elements of foreign…
Key Concepts: Consumers, Goods and Services, Producers
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Paraffin-alia

All resources are limited. It is this simple fact--scarcity--that forces us to make decisions. When we do make a choice,…
Key Concepts: Choice, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Goods and Services…
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