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Buying on Credit

This personal finance lesson discusses the costs of credit in a manner that helps students calculate those costs and integrate...
Key Concepts: Credit Card, Interest, Secured Debt…

Thinking in Webs: Hexagon Personal Finance Puzzle

In this personal finance lesson, students will use hexagonal thinking to define and make connections linking personal finance terms and...
Key Concepts: Insurance, Personal Finance Economics, Saving and Investing

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

Valentine's Day Greeting Card Production

Working in small groups, students participate in a production simulation (making Valentine's Day greeting cards) to determine the effects of...
Key Concepts: Costs of Production, Diminishing Marginal Utility, Productive Resources…

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

Continental Drift and Comparative Advantage

Combine your economics and geography lessons in this activity that has students reviewing continental drift and the continents of Laurasia...
Key Concepts: Absolute Advantage, Benefits of Trade/Comparative Advantage