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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

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

Do Businesses Have Social Responsibility?

In Lesson #6 of the Ethics, Economics, and Social Issues curriculum, students will participate in a simulation and discussion to...
Key Concepts: Business Costs and Revenues, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Profit

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

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

SIFMA Foundation

Stock Prices and the Super Bowl

Harness the excitement of the Super Bowl with this lesson from the SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education. Students analyze the...
Key Concepts: Advertising, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Investing