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Banks & Credit Unions (Part I)

Students learn about banks and credit unions, identifying similarities and differences between the two types of financial institution. They also...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Budgeting, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis…
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It's a Not So Wonderful Life

In this lesson students learn about banks and banking. The study the fractional reserve system, and the role the Fed...
Key Concepts: Economic Institutions, Markets and Prices, Money…
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You Can BANK on This! (Part 3)

Building on the first two lessons in the series, this lesson deals with savings and interest.
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Choice, Economic Institutions…
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You Can BANK on This! (Part 2)

As in the first 'You Can BANK on This,' you will learn that banking should not be confusing - it...
Key Concepts: Budgeting, Choice, Credit…
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Credit for Beginners

This lesson focuses on teaching students the basics about credit. It explains why credit is important, how to keep good...
Key Concepts: Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis
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The Grasshopper and the Ant

Understanding the concept of opportunity cost is critical for good decision making. The ability to identify the opportunity cost—the highest...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Consumers, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis…
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Collecting for Fun . . . and Profit?

Art, baseball cards, coins, comic books, dolls, jewelry and stamps are just a few examples of the many things people...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Demand, Investing…
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Timing Is Everything

In the first part of the lesson students examine the incentives and opportunity costs of spending and saving in a...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis…
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Developing a Financial Investment Portfolio

Students are given brief descriptions of three individuals. They act as financial advisors and develop a financial investment portfolio for...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments
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Money Comes and Goes

Students read two online stories that introduce them to the elements of a budget and show that a successful budget...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Budgeting
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Climbing the Savings Mountain

In this personal finance lesson, students discover how saving money can be compared to a mountain climb. 
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Credit, Economic Institutions…
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Giving Credit

This lesson introduces the role and importance of the 3 C’s -- capacity, character, and collateral – to being granted...
Key Concepts: Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Risk and Return
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Big Banks, Piggy Banks

When choosing a place to put their money, people consider how safe their money will be, how easy it is...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Budgeting, Choice…
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Hey, Get a Job!

The second of a two-part unit on income-earning endeavors, this lesson has students choose a job or business to engage...
Key Concepts: Budgeting, Entrepreneurs, Market Structures
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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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