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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Goods and Services

This drag-and-drop activity gives students the chance to decide if various items represent goods or services. There are four parts…
Key Concepts: Complementary Goods and Services, Consumers, Goods and Services
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Competition Works in Our Flavor

Competition provides benefits for consumers. First, more competition means consumers have more choices of goods and services. Second, when more…
Key Concepts: Business Costs and Revenues, Market Structures, Roles of Government
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Cowboy Bob Builds a Community

A cowboy rides into a ghost town and decides that it needs to be rebuilt. Students will select the necessary…
Key Concepts: Roles of Government
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Jobs: Who Needs ‘Em?

In this lesson, students will look at the importance having some kind of job. At early ages they sometimes get…
Key Concepts: Employment and Unemployment, Trade-offs among Goals
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How Labor Got Its Day

If you asked students what comes to mind first when they think of Labor Day, what do you think they…
Key Concepts: Division of Labor/Specialization, Economic Institutions, Goods and Services…
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The Color of Resources

This lesson will demonstrate the making of Crayola products to introduce natural, capital, and human resources as well as touching…
Key Concepts: Resources
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Did You Get the Message?

Advertising is the primary tool used by businesses to tell consumers about the goods and services they sell in the…
Key Concepts: Business Costs and Revenues, Consumers, Market Structures…
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Be An Ad Detective

Every day, students are bombarded by advertising. They cannot escape it. But marketers realize that many people—especially young people—are becoming…
Key Concepts: Business Costs and Revenues, Market Structures, Markets
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Believe it or Not?

Advertisements can tell consumers about prices and other information that may help them in the decisions they make about what…
Key Concepts: Business Costs and Revenues, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Market Structures…
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You Can BANK on This! (Part 1)

Banking should not be confusing. It should be INTERESTing! Most students in the elementary grades would love to know more…
Key Concepts: Money, Trade, Exchange and Interdependence
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You Can BANK on This! (Part 3)

Building on the first two lessons in the series, this lesson deals with savings and interest.
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Choice, Economic Institutions…
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You Can BANK on This! (Part 2)

As in the first 'You Can BANK on This,' you will learn that banking should not be confusing - it…
Key Concepts: Budgeting, Choice, Credit…
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The Grasshopper and the Ant

Understanding the concept of opportunity cost is critical for good decision making. The ability to identify the opportunity cost—the highest…
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Consumers, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis…
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What Face do you Use?

The students will recognize that in order to facilitate the exchange of goods and services, most nations create currency for…
Key Concepts: Money, Trade, Exchange and Interdependence
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To Be or Not To Be?

This lesson guides students through web sites that examine careers that are typically of interest to 3rd- through 5th-grade students.…
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Division of Labor/Specialization, Goods and Services
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