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What's My Interest?

Students explore the concept of interest by means of two activities. The first, a simple activity with jellybeans, introduces the...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Credit, Economic Institutions
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This Little Piggybank Went to Market

Students will learn that work is the source of income and that banks are places in which people save and...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Budgeting, Economic Institutions…
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Banks, Bankers, Banking

Students will demonstrate understanding of the processes associated with banking by role- playing as customers, tellers, and guards.
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Demand, Economic Institutions…
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Show Me the Money!

Students will investigate unforseen costs of car loans and/or house loans. They will then evaluate the economics of decision making,...
Key Concepts: Budgeting, Choice, Consumers…
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Banking is INTEREST-ing!

Banks are important to Americans. We use banks to save money and earn interest, or borrow money and pay interest....
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Economic Institutions
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Clickety Clack, Let's Keep Track!

This lesson will show students the importance of keeping track of their savings.
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Budgeting, Choice…
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Stock Market Price History

Each of us seek to make wise investment decisions that will make our money grow. Unfortunately, we cannot predict the...
Key Concepts: Fiscal Policy, Investing
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Wages and Me

Students explore the reasons for differences in the wages for several occupations. Then students are guided through the Bureau of...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Budgeting, Demand…
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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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"Should You Learn to Fly?"

Students will define opportunity cost, and with this in mind students will list various career choices and salaries and calculate...
Key Concepts: Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Fiscal Policy
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My Credit Rating: Why Should I Care?

Credit is a wonderful tool for the consumer. It can enhance your quality of life. It enables you to buy...
Key Concepts: Consumers, Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis…
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The Changing Face of Money

In this lesson, students play a game to guess which objects have been used as money throughout history. In the...
Key Concepts: Money
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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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The Costs of Credit

"Will that be cash, check, debit, or credit?" This lesson plan explores the difference between these. What is the difference?...
Key Concepts: Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Money
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On The Money

In this lesson, students explore what money is and how it differs around the world. They will compare U.S. currency...
Key Concepts: Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Demand, Economic Institutions…
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Buying vs. Renting

Have you given any thought to where you will live when you are "on your own" - out in the...
Key Concepts: Budgeting, Consumers, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis…
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Should I Use Cash or Credit?

To use or not to use credit for a major purchase is an important decision. There is a nifty process...
Key Concepts: Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Scarcity
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The Economics of Homebuying

This lesson provides an overview of the basics of buying a home for the first time. Your students may make...
Key Concepts: Budgeting, Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis
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Do You Have a Yen to Go to College?

Carlos is a senior at local high school. When he graduates, he plans to study computer animation. He has applied...
Key Concepts: Choice, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Foreign Exchange…
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