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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Lesson PlansCheck 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.
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.
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.
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.