Fundamentals

PowerPoint Presentations

While these presentations will technically function in Google Slides, they won't work well. Download the file as a PowerPoint and run it from your Desktop for best results!

  1. Why Econ? - Always start with a why!

  2. Economic Decision Making - An introduction to the Economic Decision Making process. Media files have been removed for copyright purposes. Basically, you want any pop culture clip where a decision has to be made. Bella from Twilight, Peter Parker choosing to join the Avengers, Batman choosing who to save, etc. There's a ton!

  3. Marginal Analysis (Part 1 I Part 2) - a multi-day, multimedia show with tons of interaction and practice activities within.

Lessons and Activities

EA: Scarcity and the Budget - a short, annotated reading where students consider how scarcity is not just a personal problem.

Incentives Featuring Freakonomics - Students analyze how incentives function using segments from both the book and movie versions of Freakonomics.

Economic Inquiry 1: To Build or Not to Build? - (adapted from econedlink.org) - Examine the costs and benefits of publicly funded sports spadiums.

Behavioral Economics: Human or Econ? - What if humans weren't completely rational beings? (Hint: We aren't.)

More Behavioral Econ (Peardeck) - A series of mini-activities using PearDeck to further show we may not be fully rational beings.

History x Econ: The Lowell Mill Girls - An inquiry-based activity where students consider the economics that drove young girls to work in factories in the 1800s and compare it to issues of child labor today.

Economic Mysteries - (adapted from econedlink.org) 3 mysteries of the world explained by economics!

Human Capital Inventory Featuring Soul - Soul is an amazing movie. Use it to guide students to finding the value of their human capital.

The Game of Life - Student Guide Sheet - (scarcity, opportunity cost, human capital) - Students make a monthly budget based on education and income levels determined by dice rolls. Teachers, present this Slides file while students follow along and complete this Sheet.

EI 2: New or Used? - On the theme of personal budgeting, let's do some Economic Decision Making on what your first car should be.