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Teach Specialization using Sloth and Squirrel in a Pickle

In this economics lesson, students participate in hands-on activities that reinforces the concepts of specialists/entrepreneurs, workers, capital resources, and products. 
Key Concepts: Entrepreneurship, Productive Resources, Specialization

Can We End Housing Insecurity?

Students compare the economic costs and benefits of helping people who are experiencing housing insecurity and consider the ethical implications.
Key Concepts: Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Role of Government

Should Private Companies Operate Prisons?

Students analyze and rank the four general goals of corrections to help them determine their personal beliefs about what prisons...
Key Concepts: Incentives, Opportunity Cost, Profit…

Can You Be Fashionable and Ethical?

Students “produce” blue jeans and make business choices about production to simulate the decision of changing from more expensive, but...
Key Concepts: Costs of Production, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Externalities…

What Can We Do About Pollution?

Students play charades to mimic noise pollution and consider the question "what can be done if someone's choices are putting...
Key Concepts: Externalities, Markets and Prices, Role of Government

What is the Most Ethical Way to Fund Public Schools?

Students analyze documents, create a school-funding graphic organizer, and write an email to their state representative with their plan to...
Key Concepts: Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Opportunity Cost, Role of Government

Federal Budget: The Fiscal Ship Game

In this lesson, updated with 2023 statistics, students learn about the challenges of the federal debt and play the Fiscal...
Key Concepts: Budget Deficits and Public Debt, Fiscal Policy, Roles of Government

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Dinner Discussions at Maggie Walker's House

Students study historic objects, photographs and documents, research influential members of the African American community and role-play a dinner party...
Key Concepts: Banking, Decision Making, Entrepreneurship…

Can You Allocate Ethically?

In Lesson #4 from the Ethics, Economics, and Social Issues curriculum, students work in groups to analyze allocation methods, apply...
Key Concepts: Allocation, Decision Making, Incentives…

Does Self-Interest Prevent Economic Justice?

In Lesson #7 0f the Ethics, Economics, and Social Issues curriculum, students explore basic ideas of justice by examing government...
Key Concepts: Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Incentives, Veil of Ignorance

Should I Join the Sweatshop Boycott?

In Lesson #8 of the "Ethics, Economics, and Social Issues" curriculum, students study primary sources to learn about the choices...
Key Concepts: Economic Development, Economic Growth

Can You Conduct Research Ethically?

In Lesson #2 of the "Ethics, Economics, and Social Issues" curriculum, students learn about positive and normative economics and how...
Key Concepts: Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Normative Economics, Positive Economics

Vincent van Gogh's 'Flower Beds in Holland'

Students study a painting by van Gogh called "Flower Beds in Holland". The students recognize that this farmer made a...
Key Concepts: Choice, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Scarcity

Is Efficiency Ethical?

In Lesson #5 of the Ethics, Economics, and Social Issues curriculum, students role-play to understand both the power and limits...
Key Concepts: Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Marginal Analysis, Scarcity