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The Color of Money - U.S. Bureau of Engraving

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This U.S. Bureau of Engraving site is dedicated to exploring the recent changes to the U.S. $20 note. The site provides an interactive look at the new bill and the ...more
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This U.S. Bureau of Engraving site is dedicated to exploring the recent changes to the U.S. $20 note. The site provides an interactive look at the new bill and the changes made to prevent counterfeiting. There is also an interactive learning center with flash sites where students can explore the new bill, design their own currency, and play a currency trivia game.

tag(s): currency (20), money (193)

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Use the interactive video quiz as an activator or introductory activity during a unit or lesson on US currency. The information on the $100 bill is interesting, relevant, and does a great job at hooking students into the content. This would be useful for an economics or government classroom.

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Commanding Heights - WGBH

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Subtitled "The Battle for the New Economy" this is an extremely well-crafted site about international economics and economic development from 1910 to the present. It concentrates on...more
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Subtitled "The Battle for the New Economy" this is an extremely well-crafted site about international economics and economic development from 1910 to the present. It concentrates on the emergence of a single international economy. Produced by Boston PBS station WGBH, this site is unique in that the broadband version includes most of the video materials from the television version of the series, but in more "user-friendly" chunks. This would be an outstanding supplement to a secondary study of macroeconomics, world cultures, or international development. If at all possible, use the broadband version. Super!! Requires Quicktime. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Use the interactive timeline as a supplement to a lecture or discussion on international use and dependance on oil. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard, allowing student volunteers to read and continue through the timeline. The lesson plans provided in the educators guide can provide other ideas on how to use the site - be sure to look through them if working on a lesson on globalization in the economy!
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How Gas Prices Work - How Stuff Works

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While not specifically written for students, this introduction to the supply and demand for petroleum is a real world example of the numerous factors that can affect pump prices and...more
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While not specifically written for students, this introduction to the supply and demand for petroleum is a real world example of the numerous factors that can affect pump prices and make a fill-up more expensive. Secondary economics classes will have fun with this one.

tag(s): oil (45), supply and demand (5)

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Assign this reading before a class discussion on the economics of gas prices. The article itself may be over the heads of some lower achieving reading students, so be sure to spend a few minutes before the discussion allowing cooperative learning groups to discuss what they read before the discussion. This would be great for an economics or government class discussion the impact of globalization on natural resources.

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Economics - MIT Open Courseware - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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High school economics teachers, especially those teaching AP students, may find MIT's online course materials useful. MIT has committed to putting its entire curriculum on the web, and these early offerings include syllabi, reading materials, and a variety of subject-specific class notes. Before using these pages, teachers, students, and parents should all be aware of what Open Courseware is and is not.

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WorldoMeters - Osearth

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World cultures or government classes will find the multidimensional counters on this site a wonderful way to illustrate the growth (or depletion) population, resources, and other global...more
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World cultures or government classes will find the multidimensional counters on this site a wonderful way to illustrate the growth (or depletion) population, resources, and other global activity. It's a very tangible illustration of the rate at which things are changing in our world. Teachers can be creative with this one.

tag(s): ecology (135), population (60), resources (112)

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This is a really great way to demonstrate a lot of the concepts taught in a Cultural Geography or US government class. Assign cooperative learning groups to investigate a portion of this site, based on what's being taught at the time. A good example would be having environmental sustainability group looking at water and land resources, as well as the growing population. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here

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About Checking - Consumer Debit Resource site

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9 to 12
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This is a detailed introduction to checking accounts that would be suitable for high school students who are willing to read the detailed content. The site offers information on different...more
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This is a detailed introduction to checking accounts that would be suitable for high school students who are willing to read the detailed content. The site offers information on different types of accounts, an explanation of how checking accounts work, and information on typical account fees and types of banks. If you're working with a motivated student, turn him or her loose on this one. Be sure to try the Checkbook Basics interactive section with your high school students learning basic consumer skills. Any high school teacher with a course on "living in the real world" will appreciate this site.

tag(s): banks (11), money (193)

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Share the interactive portions on laptops or an interactive whiteboard.

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Economics Mini-Quests - Ecnomics for Tomorrow

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Created by Economics for Tomorrow, these quests give students a chance to use the web to explore the economics behind common activities like careers, shopping, taxes, and manufacturing....more
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Created by Economics for Tomorrow, these quests give students a chance to use the web to explore the economics behind common activities like careers, shopping, taxes, and manufacturing. Each quest sets up the economic issues, then provides one or more web links students can use to explore the situation. These could be a neat way to sneak economics into social studies, world cultures, history, or the like.

tag(s): careers (132), webquests (29)

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Use the tools on this site to help students review economics lesson. If saved on classroom computers this site could be used as a learning center OR posted on the classroom website to allow them to review on their own. There are a lot of links here so be sure to peruse it to find the appropriate one for your classroom.

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Bet the Farm! - Columbus Science Museum

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This farming simulation is no leisure game. It blends biology, weather, and economic concepts to produce a sophisticated simulation of a farming environment. It's a great exercise to...more
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This farming simulation is no leisure game. It blends biology, weather, and economic concepts to produce a sophisticated simulation of a farming environment. It's a great exercise to illustrate all the factors that go into any business, and the presentation is sure to hold students' attention. From the Columbus Science Museum. The site requires FLASH and may take some time to open. If you do not have the most current version of Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): business (58)

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There's lots of depth to this one. A thorough preview will help you decide how deeply students should work.
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Advertising in America - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress has created a site which presents information and images from early American adverstising efforts - 1850-1920. The site uses the Library's standard HTML layout,...more
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The Library of Congress has created a site which presents information and images from early American adverstising efforts - 1850-1920. The site uses the Library's standard HTML layout, and as usual, the stars of the exhibit are the archival images that have been digitized and included. If advertising is a measure of society's interests, this site offers a unique glimpse into the past.

tag(s): advertising (33), industrialization (15), news (261), newspapers (94)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector during a unit on the Industrial Revolution. The site shows the growth of the economy and its impact on the private sector in a way students most likely have not thought about. Separate students into cooperative learning groups and have them create advertisements for the many inventions and technologies that were developed during the time period. Use the site for inspiration!

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Shop Til You Drop - TeachersFirst

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A math and consumer science lesson that lets students build a budget and and menushop to fit their allotted funds and menu. Designed for use on-line, this unit could ...more
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A math and consumer science lesson that lets students build a budget and and menushop to fit their allotted funds and menu. Designed for use on-line, this unit could also be done off-line using newspaper sale advertising. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): money (193)

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Teachers may also find this lesson useful with older special education or life skills students. Technology options include using web sources for shopping information and coupons and for creating the student projects.

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Legendary Currency - Smithsonian Institution

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Teach about the history of currency in different cultures and the basic economics concepts of barter and currency. Three lessons include activities studying past currencies as works...more
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Teach about the history of currency in different cultures and the basic economics concepts of barter and currency. Three lessons include activities studying past currencies as works of art and designing a new currency.

tag(s): currency (20)

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The focus of this site is primarily on the Unites States, but it does have an excellent display of how the currency has changed over the years. Have students explore the site on classroom computers, and use it as inspiration to "create" their own currency. Have them compare and contrast their currency to the governments using a tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).

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National Council for Economics Education - National Council for Economics Education

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This site offers a collection of economics lessons, some with reproducible handouts, for elementary and secondary students. The lessons vary in the detail they provide, but users can...more
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This site offers a collection of economics lessons, some with reproducible handouts, for elementary and secondary students. The lessons vary in the detail they provide, but users can select by grade level, subject, or standard. This is a great source for hard-to-find lessons on economics for younger students.

tag(s): money (193)

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If ever in need of an activity to explain a difficult concept, use this site to help students further explore it. Look at the site before hand and search for a lesson, which can be done by standard, a particularly useful tool. Take advantage of the free activities and plans this site provides!

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Look Who's Footing the Bill! - Pacific Bell

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Wonderful interactive lesson where students are asked to learn about budget debt and then take a stand by e-mailing the U. S. Congress. Well designed and most useful for middle ...more
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Wonderful interactive lesson where students are asked to learn about budget debt and then take a stand by e-mailing the U. S. Congress. Well designed and most useful for middle school students. Sponsored and updated by Pacific Bell

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The World Bank Group

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This site offers insight into the group's function; its strategies in the fields of human development, environmentally sustainable development, and private sector development around...more
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This site offers insight into the group's function; its strategies in the fields of human development, environmentally sustainable development, and private sector development around the world. This site would be useful when discussing global economic development policies.

tag(s): banks (11)

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Very sophisticated site not particularly geared to the classroom teacher.

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The Virtual Economy

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This British site offers a web-based economic model which lets students select various combinations of economic policies and family situations to see how specific policies affect specific...more
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This British site offers a web-based economic model which lets students select various combinations of economic policies and family situations to see how specific policies affect specific segments of the population. This could be a great simulation for students who want to take their study of economics a step further.

tag(s): money (193), sociology (22)

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Teachers can deal with the content at several levels, and the model itself is worth a try.

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Lemonade Stand

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This is a web implementation of the popular computer game by the same name. Players must figure out how to operate their lemonade stand profitably, taking into account pricing, cost...more
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This is a web implementation of the popular computer game by the same name. Players must figure out how to operate their lemonade stand profitably, taking into account pricing, cost of materials, rent, and other economic factors. Students may want to try different strategies and see how they fare with their customers.

tag(s): money (193)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on supply and demand! The site could take up to 20 minutes, so be sure to pair it with other centers that could last equally long. This site would also be better in partners, allowing for student discussion along the way.

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Explorations in Economic Demand, Part I - University of Omaha

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This site provides a scenario in which to learn about supply and demand and consumer markets. Uses a case study model of learning ...more
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This site provides a scenario in which to learn about supply and demand and consumer markets. Uses a case study model of learning

tag(s): supply and demand (5)

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Use this site as a classroom activity during a lesson on supply and demand. Have students work on the activity in pairs or cooperative learning groups. Even if you do not have time to do the entire webquest, the links provide good background information for shorter investigations.

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American Currency Exhibit - Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

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This online exhibit from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco offers a history of American currency, complete with descriptions, images, and explanations about how the American...more
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This online exhibit from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco offers a history of American currency, complete with descriptions, images, and explanations about how the American currency system has evolved. It would be a great supplement to introductory economics or a lesson on, "Why is a dollar worth a dollar?"

tag(s): money (193)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on the currency debates that have existed in the American Economy. To assess student learning have students create concept maps emphasizing what they learned from the interactive tour. Use a tool such as bubbl.us (reviewed here) to create and share the concept maps.

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BrainPOP Free Stuff - BrainPop

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K to 12
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Visit this fabulously FREE site, created by BrainPop, to find a wealth of interactives, videos, lesson plans, and more. Wow - doesn't even begin to describe the wide array of ...more
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Visit this fabulously FREE site, created by BrainPop, to find a wealth of interactives, videos, lesson plans, and more. Wow - doesn't even begin to describe the wide array of topics and subjects. The best part is the FREE stuff for BrainPop Espanol, BrainPop Jr, and BrainPop ESL. Some of the specific topics include: Harlem Renaissance, Civil War, Blogs, Angles, DNA, Stocks & Shares, Digital Animation, and MANY others. These were the FREE topics at the time of this review, and of course is subject to change.

tag(s): angles (88), blogs (88), charts and graphs (195), civil war (145), digital storytelling (144), dna (69), energy (198), grammar (216), harlem (9), internet safety (109), main idea (9), mars (41), martin luther king (37), nutrition (154), shakespeare (131), stock market (13), women (101)

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Use this tool to find lessons and/or animations in a variety of topic areas. There are "ready to go" movies and more in health, social studies, art & music, engineering & technology, and other topics. Share the sites on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the class. Save this link in your favorites and check back to see "what's new."
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65 History Twitter Feeds - Glenn Wiebe

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This site offers a wonderful list of Twitter feeds to consider if you are just starting out or if you are adding to your feed related to history. The list ...more
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This site offers a wonderful list of Twitter feeds to consider if you are just starting out or if you are adding to your feed related to history. The list includes the Twitter name with a link and a short description. Feeds include the Library of Congress, quotes and sayings from Thomas Jefferson, and HistoryDay (see what happened on this day in history). Feeds are separated into categories such as media, educators and students, and military to help navigate the different types.

tag(s): congress (33), history day (23), twitter (50)

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Create a classroom twitter account and choose feeds to follow that relate to classroom studies. Assign different students to follow the feed each week to summarize and review. Challenge students to find other history Twitter feeds to follow. Have students create a Twitter account as a historical figure as part of research projects. Looking for more ways to use twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter from TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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