Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Energy: The U.S. in Crisis?
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students study and assess past, present, and future decisions related to energy shortages. They gain an understanding of the different trade-offs that are made at many levels, from personal to national, as people grapple with tough issues. This lesson focuses on how decisions are made on many levels and how those decisions involve trade-offs of economic costs and social values.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
ALEX Learning Assets
Title: Tutorial on Credit
Digital Tool: I paid how much?
Digital Tool Description: The interactive website provided by the U.S. Mint provides numerous lessons on personal finance for kids of all ages. This particular activity allows students to determine the cost of using credit.
The Price We Pay for Health: US and Canada
Students will review the health systems of United States and Canada. They will identify the positive aspects of each system. They will look at the trade-offs associated with those positive aspects. In Canada, everyone has health care, but certain specialized medical services are not always available. In the United States, many people are not insured, yet for many people the access to technology and specialization is phenomenal. Which is the better choice? Students will also recognize that choosing between these two systems requires a trade-off between the economic goals of economic freedom and economic security.
The Economic Way of Thinking
Lesson plan by the Foundation for Teaching Economics. Involves students thinking creatively about how incentives influence human behavior.