Lesson Plans

Check out these links for ready-to-use lesson plans about fiscal responsibility. These lessons include whole-class activities, self-guided simulations, individual assignments and small group projects.

Balancing the Budget

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This lesson plan, created by the Center on Congress at Indiana University, is designed to teach students about the federal budget, federal deficit and how deficits and surpluses affect our economy. Students will experience some of the trials and tribulations that members of Congress experience when trying to balance the budget.

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The National Financial Capability Challenge

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The United States Department of the Treasury and the Department of Education recently announced an exciting program for high school students.  The National Financial Capability Challenge is “an initiative designed to engage educators in the teaching of personal finance, and to increase the financial knowledge and capability of high school aged youth across the United States so they can take control over their financial futures.”

At the Challenge website, teachers can download the Educator Toolkit including free, ready-to-use classroom resources.  The registration deadline is March 14, 2010, and the challenge is administered March 15 – April 9, 2010 (educators can choose which day to administer the exam).  Educators and the top-scoring students at each school will receive personalized award certificates.

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QuickQuest on Federal Budget

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The QuickQuest on Federal Budget is a short that WebQuest will lead students to think about the problem of having a national debt, to play the interactive online application Budget Explorer and to write a persuasive essay.     

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Balancing Budgets: From Reagan to Today

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In the Balancing Budgets: From Reagan to Today lesson, students will learn the concept of a balanced federal budget, and discuss how two different approaches,  a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and a balanced budget act, address this concept.

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National Budget Simulation

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In the National Budget Simulation lesson, students will play the role as the president’s trusted economic advisor and help the president keep his campaign promise of fiscal responsibility under the unexpected situations of military attack and a lingering recession.

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