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Eureka!

Take a look at how inventions, such as plastic, have changed our lives and how they are changing the future...
Key Concepts: Entrepreneurs

Should I Use Cash or Credit?

To use or not to use credit for a major purchase is an important decision. There is a nifty process...
Key Concepts: Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Opportunity Cost

Buying vs. Renting

Have you given any thought to where you will live when you are "on your own" - out in the...
Key Concepts: Budgeting, Consumers, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis…

The Economics of Homebuying

In this personal finance lesson, students interpret charts and graphs to analyze home buying trends, and then use a mortgage...
Key Concepts: Budgeting, Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis

'You Paid How Much for That Ticket?'

Have you ever been the victim of discrimination? That is, have you ever been treated differently from other people based...
Key Concepts: Business Costs and Revenues, Demand, Markets and Prices

'Be All You Can Be'...For Minimum Wage?

Perhaps you have seen the catchy TV ads for the various branches of the United States military. You know, the...
Key Concepts: Budgeting, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Division of Labor/Specialization…

Do You Have a Yen to Go to College?

Carlos is a senior at local high school. When he graduates, he plans to study computer animation. He has applied...
Key Concepts: Choice, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Foreign Exchange…

Save the Moonflowers

This economics and science lesson outlines the concepts of markets and natural resources while discussing the experiences of Margaret Mee....
Key Concepts: Goods and Services, Markets

How Long Is Your Life?

High school students have rarely been asked to look at their future beyond where they will be going to college...
Key Concepts: Budgeting

Where Does the Money Come From?

With very few exceptions, the U.S. federal government does not have an "income" to spend providing goods and services. The...
Key Concepts: Roles of Government

The Story of Jack and the Bank Stalk

Fairy tales have always been used to give lessons about life. The story of Jack and the Bean Stalk is...
Key Concepts: Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Economic Institutions…

US History: Inventors & Entrepreneurs

Students will learn the difference between inventors and entrepreneurs. From talking with adults they will learn some of the benefits...
Key Concepts: Consumers, Entrepreneurs, Incentive…

Pennies Make Cents

Students will review the history of trade before money and will investigate the history of money. Students will locate information...
Key Concepts: Money, Trade, Exchange and Interdependence

Changes in Change

This lesson begins with students visiting a web site that gives them practice in counting money. The second site goes...
Key Concepts: Economic Institutions, Goods and Services, Money

Bill, Are You Bogus?

In a barter system, people have to trade goods and services for other goods and services. In an economy that...
Key Concepts: Goods and Services, Money, Trade, Exchange and Interdependence

Old Business, New Business

In this lesson students are introduced to several businesses from the past. They see that, while the names for these...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Business, Demand…

I Have No Money, Would You Take Wampum?

Through the use of folk tales, history, and the students' own experiences, students will recognize the inter-relatedness of goods, services,...
Key Concepts: Goods and Services, Money, Trade, Exchange and Interdependence