Resources & Activities for Economics

Educational Resources from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s site offers information on the Federal Reserve System and monetary policy with sections for students, teachers, and the general public. A highlight from the Student Activities section is “FedVille” which allows students to explore the subject of economics through a fun and interactive game. Teacher Resources provides course material and helpful link. For information on a variety of more specific topics, see the helpful Publications section.

EcEdWeb
The EcEdWeb or Economic Education Web provides helpful teaching resources for K-12 or pre-college economics. The K-5 Economics and 6-12 Economics are organized so that you can locate resources by concept, by standards, and by lesson. If you need a lesson or information on a particular concept (e.g. scarcity), start with Concepts. Select EcEdWeb lessons include:

  • Why Nations Trade - A simulation on the economic costs and benefits of trade. Grades 6-12
  • How has the Constitution shaped the economy in the U.S.? - Discussion and small group task identifying the six characteristics of a market economy and the provisions in the constitution that support a market economy. Grades 6-12
  • What is a stock, or who owns McDonald's? - Explore the fundamentals of stock ownership. Grades 6-12.
  • Consumer Credit: Buy Now, Pay Later, and More - Understanding the concept of consumer credits. Grades 9-12.
  • Understanding Exchange Rates - Lesson plans to help students understand currency and exchange rates. Grades 9-12.

Games Economists Play
"Games Economists Play" is a website compiling over 170 descriptions of games for economics teachers (ranging from high school to college level) that can be used in classrooms. These game descriptions are divided into two major categories, Micro and Macroeconomics. The website is simple in design, thus making it very easy to navigate. It's search features and index allows teachers to scan the website for games specific to topics being covered. "Games Economists Play" has a bibliographical layout that makes it organized and efficient in finding helpful games used for teaching economics.

Access, Analyze, Act: From Economic Theory to Financial Reality
PBS provides multimedia resources & professional development resources for teaching the American economy. Includes video presentations, case studies, interactive tools, podcasts, and RSS. This is an attempt to provide comprehensive, thoughtful editorial coverage of wide-ranging stories on the American economy and its global implications.

TheMint.org - Fun Financial Literacy Activities for Kids, Teens, Parents and Teachers
Launched in 1997, the site provides tools to help parents as well as educators teach children to manage money wisely and develop good financial habits: "the building blocks for a secure future."

Economics 113 - American Economic History (Podcasts)
University of Berkeley Instructor J. Bradford Delong American Economic History 19 podcasts: Amerindians, Conquistadores, Explorers, Settlers, and Empires, to The Productivity Speedup of the 1990s.

New Deal Network
The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (FERI), in collaboration with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Marist College, and IBM, launched the impressive New Deal Network (NDN). The site features 20,000 items: photographs, speeches, letters, documents, and exercises from the New Deal era.

Bernstein on the History of Trade (Podcast)
Drawing on his book, A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World, William Bernstein talks about spices, how trade in sugar explain why Jews ended up in Manhattan, the real political economy of the Boston Tea Party and the demise of the Corn Laws in England.

Brook on Vermeer's Hat and the Dawn of Global Trade (Podcast)
Timothy Brook, author of Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World, talks about the expansion of global trade between Europe and the rest of the world, and in particular, North America and China.

Oil Crisis: Whar Would You Do?
In this Global Connections lesson plan students will understand the multiple dimensions of the role of oil in the economies and politics of both the United States and the Middle East. They will also learn about the costs and benefits of maintaining U.S. dependence on oil and of developing alternative energy sources.

The World's History: Establishing World Trade Routes, 1100-1500
The online guide to Howard Spodek's The World's History features quizzes (multiple-choice questions, true/false questions, interactive review questions), primary sources, maps, a bulletin board, a Live Chat, web links, and faculty resources for each chapter/topic.

BBC History Games: Anglo Saxon Coins
Find out more about Anglo-Saxon money by taking a closer look at the coins and the stories behind them. When you think you know enough, test yourself by playing 'Coins' and see if you can make money talk. Appropriate for grades 5-9.

 

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