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The Mystery of the Amazing Farmers

In this lesson you will be taking on the role of an an investigative reporter to solve the Amazing Farmer...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Division of Labor/Specialization, Goods and Services
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A Fair Wage

Income for most people is determined by the market value of the productive resources they sell. What workers earn depends,...
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Budgeting, Business Costs and Revenues…
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The Costs of Credit

"Will that be cash, check, debit, or credit?" This lesson plan explores the difference between these. What is the difference?...
Key Concepts: Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Money
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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…
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The Return of Sacagawea

Sacagawea returned to America in 2000. Actually, the golden dollar coin bearing the image of Sacagawea, began circulating then. It...
Key Concepts: Business Costs and Revenues, Credit, Money
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The Economics of Homebuying

This lesson provides an overview of the basics of buying a home for the first time. Your students may make...
Key Concepts: Budgeting, Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis
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'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
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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…
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Save the Moonflowers

Margaret Mee (1909-1988) was a botanical artist who often traveled up the Amazon River alone in search of rare flowers...
Key Concepts: Goods and Services, Markets
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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
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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
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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…
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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
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The Big Mac Index

How fast can you say "twoallbeef-pattiesspecialsauce-lettucecheesepickles-onionsonasesameseedbun?" This question was asked of millions of TV viewers in the now famous 1970s...
Key Concepts: Foreign Exchange, Markets and Prices, Money
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The Opportunity Cost of a Lifetime

All economic questions and problems arise from scarcity. Economics assumes people do not have the resources do satisfy all of...
Key Concepts: Choice, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis
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