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Advertising in America Grades 6 to 12 Library of Congress

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.

American Currency Exhibit Grades 6 to 12 Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

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?”

Bet the Farm! Grades 6 to 12 Columbus Science Museum

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

There’s lots of depth to this one. A thorough preview will help you decide how deeply students should work.

Carribean Banana Exporters’ Association Grades 1 to 12


Commanding Heights Grades 9 to 12 WGBH

Subtitled “The Battle for the New Economy” this is an extremely well-crafted site about international economics and economic development from 1910 to the present. It concentrates on the emergence of a single international economy. Produced by Boston PBS station WGBH, this site is unique in that the broadband version includes most of the video materials from the television version of the series, but in more “user-friendly” chunks. This would be an outstanding supplement to a secondary study of macroeconomics, world cultures, or international development. If at all possible, use the broadband version. Super!!

Consumer Jungle Grades 9 to 12

This is a well-structured site targeted to students, teachers, and parents, with separate sections for each. The topics include common encounters with credit, financial planning, and budgets that young people are likely to encounter as they complete high school. The presentation is interesting without preaching, though teachers will need to bolster the thin lesson outlines if they use them. This could be a good start for a simulation or class activity.

Currency Gallery Grades 4 to 12

Want to see what money looked like 100 or 200 years ago? This is the place. There are images of many different types of American paper money from the colonial era to the present, along with explanations of why particular notes were printed. This one is great research paper content.

EcEdWeb Economics Lesson Plans Grades 4 to 12 University of Omaha

Created by the university of Nebraska at Omaha, this is a list of creative lessons for teaching economics. Includes all grade levels and includes some literature connections, especially for teaching younger kids. Very useful, even includes teacher reproducible pages.

EconEdLink Grades 1 to 12

Created with input from the National Council on Economics Education, this site offers an eclectic set of lessons, most of which require some web access. They range from the introduction of simple concepts for elementary students to studies of economic forecasting for older students.

Economic Statistics Briefing Room Grades 9 to 12

The Economic Statistics Briefing Room at the White House provides access to current Federal economic indicators. Excellent source for “up to the minute” information not available elsewhere. These financial reports would be useful when comparing statistics across time, or when studying banking and governmental policy issues.

Economics – MIT Open Courseware Grades 9 to 12 Massachusetts Institute of Technology


High school economics teachers, especially those teaching AP students, may find MIT’s online course materials useful. MIT has committed to putting its entire curriculum on the web, and these early offerings include syllabi, reading materials, and a variety of subject-specific class notes. Before using these pages, teachers, students, and parents should all be aware of what Open Courseware is and is not.

Economics Mini-Quests Grades 6 to 12 Ecnomics for Tomorrow

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.

European Union Grades 1 to 12 European Union


Explorations in Economic Demand, Part I Grades 6 to 12 University of Omaha

This site provides a scenario in which to learn about supply and demand and consumer markets. Uses a case study model of learning

FinanceNet Grades 9 to 12

FinanceNet is the Internet’s home for public financial management worldwide. It was established by Vice President Gore’s National Performance Review in Washington, D.C. in 1994 and is operated by the National Science Foundation (a Federal agency) under sponsorship of the U.S. Chief Financial Officers Council.  FinanceNet reaches across geopolitical  boundaries to link government financial management administrators, educators and taxpayers worldwide.

Good News Bears: Interactive Stock Market Learning Project Grades 6 to 12 University of Illinois

This is a very well organized site that works for both middle school and high school students. The site leads users through a stock market simulation with live stock prices.

Includes teacher reproducible pages and necessary web links.

How Gas Prices Work Grades 9 to 12 How Stuff Works

While not specifically written for students, this introduction to the supply and demand for petroleum is a real world example of the numerous factors that can affect pump prices and make a fill-up more expensive. Secondary economics classes will have fun with this one.

InvestSmart Grades 9 to 12 Thinkquest

For a comprehensive stock tutorial and market simulation this is the site. The procedure is complex, but would be useful for older high school student and even adults who want to learn how to invest. Could be used as a resource or for small groups.

Lessons on the New Deal Grades 7 to 12

This is a collection of lessons and activities contained in the New Deal Network web site. They can also be used in conjunction with classroom study or other web resources on the period.

Money Curriculum Unit Grades 9 to 12 Woodrow Bank

Learn all the facts about currency in the United States and then ponder questions provided such as how electronic purchasing  is going to effect currency. Sponsored by the Woodrow Bank in Minneapolis. The resource section includes web links, books, and articles


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