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World Mapper - University of Sheffield

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What would a world map look like if countries and continents were sized not by land area, but by population, number of elderly, various type of imports, or emigration? ...more
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What would a world map look like if countries and continents were sized not by land area, but by population, number of elderly, various type of imports, or emigration? This site presents dozens of cartograms - or density-equalizing maps - in which each country is resized according to a specific variable. Each map is accompanied by a downloadable Excel file and a printable poster.

tag(s): immigration (58), maps (292), migration (59), population (62)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector. The population maps would be extremely useful for any class discussion on the world use of resources, and the financial disparities that exist among nations. Use the animations provided on the interactive whiteboard or projector to show students the demographic differences between nations. World Mapper is an wonderful addition to any geography,civics or social studies class, particularly during units on the UN, natural resources, world conflict, and economic disparity.
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Time Value of Money - National Council on Economic Education

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Give your students some real-world experience with the concept of interest rates over time. This authentic lesson plan puts students in the driver's seat as they contemplate lending...more
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Give your students some real-world experience with the concept of interest rates over time. This authentic lesson plan puts students in the driver's seat as they contemplate lending money to a sibling. Is it more lucrative to demand payment at once, or accept a series of installments? Great basic introduction to a vital economic concept. Aligned to National Standards.

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Fueling the Fires of Industrialization - Duke University

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What effect did industrialization have on the American landscape? With an emphasis on the role America's forests played in the growth of business and industry, this lesson plan introduces...more
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What effect did industrialization have on the American landscape? With an emphasis on the role America's forests played in the growth of business and industry, this lesson plan introduces students to the concepts of supply and demand, competition, prices and incentives, and conservation. The scope of the lesson plan expands to encompass today's market and the many household products that are derived from trees. Multiple options for assessment, extension activities, and ideas for interdisciplinary connections are provided. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): industrialization (14)

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Don't Buy It: Get Media Smart - KCTS

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Help your students become savvy consumers with this interactive media literacy site. Discover some common advertising tricks, analyze product packaging, and find out how to be more...more
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Help your students become savvy consumers with this interactive media literacy site. Discover some common advertising tricks, analyze product packaging, and find out how to be more discriminating and less gullible when it comes to mass media. The "Teachers" link provides printer-friendly lesson plans and extension activities.

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Cyberschoolbus - United Nations

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This expansive site promotes understanding of global issues using background information on the mission of the United Nations, country profiles, and downloadable curricula and lesson...more
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This expansive site promotes understanding of global issues using background information on the mission of the United Nations, country profiles, and downloadable curricula and lesson plans. A variety of cleverly designed interactive games challenge students to match countries and flags, test their knowledge of geography, or go on an interactive mission with "Pook" to save the world. There are many options for using this site in the classroom. Make the interactive activities part of an independent learning center, use the country profiles to introduce a geography lesson, or use the student-friendly resource to introduce the functions of the U.N. Qualify for free materials for your classroom by volunteering to review and test the site's features.

tag(s): countries (78), cultures (107), flags (22), united nations (8)

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WOW are there a lot of resources on this site! Use the quizzes and games to help students review before an assessment or practice the content after instruction. There are also webquests that could be used as introductory activities or as the starting point for individual or group projects. Save this site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval and to keep up to date on updates added. This would be great in a Government or World History class.
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Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America - NY Historical Society

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He's more than just a pretty face on the $10 bill! Alexander Hamilton's life and influence are examined in this site that presents a timeline of events during and after ...more
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He's more than just a pretty face on the $10 bill! Alexander Hamilton's life and influence are examined in this site that presents a timeline of events during and after his life, highlights from his writings, and a biographical gallery of his peers. Visitors can even test their knowledge of his life and accomplishments with a twenty-question interactive quiz. This is probably more information than your students need to know about Mr. Hamilton, but the site provides a unique approach to understanding some significant events in American history.

tag(s): constitution (87)

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Use this site as a introductory activity for a lesson on the founding fathers. Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector before allowing students to explore it on their own. We recommend creating a graphic organizer or follow-along for the website to insure students are getting the most out of it. What is great about it is that it provides students with a lot of historical and biographical information about Hamilton. This would be a great resource for a US history or Civics class.

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FED101

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7 to 12
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Your students will actually enjoy learning about the Federal Reserve System, its purpose, history, structure, and functions with this interactive site that includes activities and simulations....more
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Your students will actually enjoy learning about the Federal Reserve System, its purpose, history, structure, and functions with this interactive site that includes activities and simulations. Students can follow how a check clears through the banking system and understand how monetary policies affect the economy. A teacher's guide provides downloadable lesson plans, printable versions of quizzes, and links to Federal Reserve materials that can be ordered at no cost. Check out the Classroom Guide link for tips on presenting the information to your students. Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Flash Required.

tag(s): money (184)

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Use this site as a way to visually explain to students to processes of the Federal Reserve and our banking system. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard and guide students through the guide. The basic definitions will require more explanation but they provide excellent starting points and lecture guides. This would be a great resource/activity in a US history course before explaining the Great Depression. This will help students grasp the greater consequences, particularly the economics portion that is typically tricky to explain.
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New Money!

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This site promoting the new U.S. $20 bill includes some games and activities that might interest elementary teachers. The information about anti-counterfeiting measures included in...more
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This site promoting the new U.S. $20 bill includes some games and activities that might interest elementary teachers. The information about anti-counterfeiting measures included in the bill may also be of interest to secondary teachers.

tag(s): currency (19), money (184)

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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 (19), money (184)

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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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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 (62), 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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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 (136), webquests (30)

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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 (57)

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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 (14), news (265), newspapers (97)

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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 (184)

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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 (19)

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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 (184)

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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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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 (184)

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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 (184)

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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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