What Interest Rate Increases Mean for You

What to expect as the Federal Reserve (the central bank of the United States) increases interest rates. How it impacts your budget, and your money. Understand why the Federal Reserve is increasing rates, so we all will see our borrowing costs potentially rise. Here are some ways that rate hikes could affect you, your money, … Continue reading What Interest Rate Increases Mean for You

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Types of Money | Commodity, Representative, Fiat, and Bank Money

What is money? Economists differentiate among several different types.  Learn about the four main types of money including commodity money, representative money, fiat money, and bank money. Also learn why intrinsic value is important for understanding the types of money. CONCEPTS Use this video lesson on the topic to discuss the basic economic concepts of … Continue reading Types of Money | Commodity, Representative, Fiat, and Bank Money

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Main Functions of Money

Learn what is money and what are its four main functions. Money serves all these functions: it is a medium for exchange, store of value, unit of account, and standard for deferred payments. CONCEPTS Use this video lesson on the topic to discuss the basic economic concepts of Money Barter Inflation PROCEDURE Hand out the … Continue reading Main Functions of Money

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Getting Ready for Taxes: Documents you Need

The first step towards filing your tax return is to gather all the documents that you will need.  Here, students learn what documents, paperwork, and receipts are needed to file your income tax return.  It is a checklist of documents for completing IRS form 1040 Income tax.  Learn to prepare and organize your tax documents, … Continue reading Getting Ready for Taxes: Documents you Need

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Spending Money Wisely: Dog goes to Super Bowl

A dog goes to the Super Bowl. A fun class or lesson starter for the YouTube and TikTok generation. Discuss with students if price discounts are really a good deal, or just a pricing trick? CONCEPTS Use this video on the topic to discuss the money concepts of Needs and wants Understanding discounts Making impulsive … Continue reading Spending Money Wisely: Dog goes to Super Bowl





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Impulse Buying? Dog Orders Chocolate Bar

A dog orders a MrBeast chocolate bar.  Did he win the golden ticket? Here is a fun class or lesson starter for the TikTok or YouTube generation of students on the topics of impulse buying, money and spending. BACKGROUND MrBeast is a popular YouTube celebrity your students are likely familiar with.  He recently has started … Continue reading Impulse Buying? Dog Orders Chocolate Bar

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Abraham Lincoln and the Five Dollar Note

LESSON DESCRIPTION In this lesson, students participate in a puzzle activity to identify leadership characteristics that Abraham Lincoln possessed. They review the changes in the redesigned $5 note and consider how Lincoln’s leadership characteristics contribute to the fact that he is pictured on the $5 note. Students look at a timeline of Lincoln’s life and … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln and the Five Dollar Note

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The Election of FDR and the New Deal

Learn about the New Deal and the election of FDR. Teaching Objectives: Students will understand some of the New Deal programs initiated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his administration to alleviate the effects of the Great Depression. Students will understand the lasting effects of the New Deal programs. Suggested Grade Level 5th – 8th Grade … Continue reading The Election of FDR and the New Deal

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Good Times and Hard Times in America

Learn about good times and bad times in the United States in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Teaching Objectives: Students will be to identify the automobile, movie and radio industries as indicative of prosperity in the U.S. in the 1920’s. Students will be able to name the first “talkie” and tell what year it was produced. … Continue reading Good Times and Hard Times in America

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The Gold Rush – Impact and Expansion

Students will learn about various gold rushes, including the California, Colorado, and Alaska Gold Rushes. Teaching Objectives: Students will understand of the major events surrounding the California, Colorado, and Alaska Gold Rushes. Students will understand the impact of the Gold Rushes on western expansion in the U.S. Students will understand many important issues surrounding U.S. … Continue reading The Gold Rush – Impact and Expansion

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