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Lean on Me -- We depend on each other!

The purpose of this activity is to demonstrate that the production of most goods can be broken down into a...
Key Concepts: Demand, Goods and Services, Specialization…
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The Mystery of is it Mine or Ours?

Did you ride to school on a road today? Yesterday did you skate in a public park? Maybe Mom or...
Key Concepts: Economic Systems, Goods and Services, Roles of Government
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Peanuts, Pecans, and Peas, Please

George Washington Carver, a great scientist, changed the economy of the South with his agricultural knowledge. This lesson will investigate...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Entrepreneurs
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Taxation without Representation?

This lesson will take students through the series of tax acts that were enacted by the British government and disputed...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Budget Deficits and Public Debt, Economic Systems…
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Incentives Influence Us!

Students will learn that people respond predictably to positive incentives (rewards) and negative incentives (penalties). They will identify incentives in...
Key Concepts: Choice, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Incentive
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Who Is Working?

This lesson teaches students what economists mean when they talk about people who are employed, unemployed, and not in the...
Key Concepts: Division of Labor/Specialization, Employment and Unemployment, Roles of Government
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What Do People Want to Wear?

To stay in business, fashion merchandisers must be able to anticipate what consumers want. By looking at different retail websites,...
Key Concepts: Demand, Markets and Prices
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You Decide!

Think about a difficult decision you have had to make. After you decided did it work out? Why or why...
Key Concepts: Choice, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Scarcity
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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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Hey Pop!

One of the best sounds and smells is fresh popcorn! At the movies, at the fair, or at home, everyone...
Key Concepts: Business Costs and Revenues, Consumers, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis…
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The Write Stuff

Right now you are probably using a pencil to do your school work. But do you know where the pencil...
Key Concepts: Goods and Services
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President Obama's Allowance

In this lesson, students will identify different expenses in the US budget and will decide on the order of importance...
Key Concepts: Budgeting, Choice, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis…
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Laura Ingalls Wilder's Frontier Town

Laura Ingalls Wilder made a sketch of De Smet, South Dakota in the 1880's. This lesson will discuss the markets...
Key Concepts: Business Costs and Revenues, Consumers, Goods and Services…
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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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Bringing the Market to the Farm

Students learn how community supported agriculture (CSAs) is changing the relationship between the farmer and the consumer.
Key Concepts: Choice, Consumers, Goods and Services…
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