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Bet the Farm! - Columbus Science Museum

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6 to 12
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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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6 to 12
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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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6 to 8
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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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3 to 8
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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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3 to 12
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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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6 to 8
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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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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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At Work and At Play - Wall Street Journal

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This site provides a link to an article about how Americans use their leisure time. On the page itself, however, there are color-coded graphs that show how Americans spend an ...more
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This site provides a link to an article about how Americans use their leisure time. On the page itself, however, there are color-coded graphs that show how Americans spend an average day, leisure time, and the change in activities since 2007. More importantly, you can select to see the same information for specific ethnic groups and by gender. Mousing over the different colors of each graph allows you to see the name of the specific category being featured and its numerical equivalent. This site is very interesting when considering the unemployment rate and how that translates onto these graphs.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), cultures (105), sociology (22), time (144)

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Students learning graphing have an opportunity to both understand and create their own graphs in response to this site. Have students in teams create a survey they can use to interview other class members about their families. Teams can then create an online graph using Tabblo reviewed here.
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Stossel in the Classroom - Center for Independent Thought

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5 to 12
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Find Streaming Videos from John Stossel to engage your students in discussions about interesting and thought-provoking issues. Each month this site posts a new video for your use, and...more
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Find Streaming Videos from John Stossel to engage your students in discussions about interesting and thought-provoking issues. Each month this site posts a new video for your use, and all videos come with suggested discussion questions. Also, you will find lots of discussion topics in the archived section titled with categories like the environment, celebrities, and consumer issues, just to name a few. You don't even have to register to view the videos and discussion questions!

There are some items of interest on the top menu bar: Teacher Ideas to Share, Teacher Guides, and More Teacher Resources. You might be interested in their offer of a free DVD with selected, edited for the classroom, programs from the 20/20 T. V. series.

tag(s): endangered species (38), financial literacy (80), foreign policy (16), news (261), politics (99)

In the Classroom

Use these streaming videos to help create "background knowledge" for your student, and improve listening and note taking skills. Small groups of students could rotate through stations with the video, or you can use it with the whole class. Either way, students can practice their two column (Cornell) note taking skills using the left column for keywords and/or questions and the right side of the paper for important information about the topic they are viewing. Have students discuss and look up answers to their questions.

If using the videos as a whole class, you may want to use a discussion program that allows "backchanneling" such as Socrative,reviewed here, so everyone can comment on the issue(s) presented and see each other thoughts.

Another idea is to use the videos as a jump-off point for research by small groups. There are many huge topics you can break into parts for small groups to investigate after watching Stossel's take on it. Then challenge the groups to create a multimedia presentation using one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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I found lots of interesting information here. Great work Thanks for the share loved reading the article, please do share more like this with us . Temple, TAMPS, Grades: 0 - 12

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