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Subject: Finance (9 - 12), or Social Studies (7)
Title: How Much Does It Cost?
Description: Students will use an online mortgage calculator to determine  the cost of financing a house over various lengths of time and at various interest rates.  This lesson is excellent to include in a budgeting unit.


Subject: Social Studies (7)
Title: That's All I Have to Spend for a Whole Month?
Description: As a part of the study of personal economics, students will research a career, costs of rent, insurance, food, transportation, etc. and prepare a monthly budget based on their research.


Subject: Mathematics (4 - 6), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Can you survive in the real world?
Description: Living in the real world is expensive and sometimes hard for a new college graduate to adjust to. This lesson will allow students to see the importance and need of budgeting money. Students will have to make choices and research different budget areas. Can they survive in the real world? This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.  


Subject: Mathematics (7), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: New York with $1200
Description: CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are Demopolis Middle School’s first –place winner of the annual MATHATHON!!!!!!!!!! You and three of your classmates have been awarded an exciting trip to NEW YORK CITY! You will each be given $1200 to cover all your expenses during your three day stay. You must use only your $1200 prize to cover all expenses (transportation costs, hotel accommodations, food, gratuities (tips), souvenirs, and entertainment). Please budget your money carefully – decide which purchases are most important and budget these first. Don’t forget to have fun!!


Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Whose Voice Guides Your Choice?
Description: In this one-two week unit, students explore the role media has in influencing public opinion. Students analyze advertising in print, video, and online formats. An optional visit to the Museum of Television and Radio via distance learning videoconferencing helps students examine the extent to which they are influenced by propaganda.


Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Personal Economics
Description: Students will be able to explain the various services available to protect consumer rights. They will develop a PowerPoint presentation in their student achievement teams which contains the required information along with a question section. This presentation will then be used in class for a review activity prior to testing.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Arts,Mathematics,Social Studies
Title: Real Estate Tycoon      Add Bookmark
Description: This year-long project, from Illuminations, is divided into three parts and reinforces skills that lay a foundation for algebra, such as measurement, fractions, decimals, percents, and proportions. Students design, build, and sell a house and then simulate investment of the profits in the stock market. Along the way, students make scale drawings, compute with fractions and decimals in various contexts, solve simple equations, and learn valuable lessons about how money really works.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Lost in the Coin Vault      Add Bookmark
Description: In this interactive game, students will enhance their analytical skills as they decipher clues and closely examine objects from the National Numismatics Collection in order to solve mysteries and escape from the coin vault. A fun way to learn about numismatics and explore American history, this activity is one of the learning resources included in "Legendary Coins and Currency'' , an online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Homes and Communities      Add Bookmark
Description: Homes and Communities is the official website of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It includes news and information about HUD, home ownership and community involvement.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Four Freedoms for the Fourth      Add Bookmark
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to freedom, and presents information and activities about Franklin Delano Roosevelt's concept of The Four Freedoms. Learn more about political speeches, freedom, and the U.S. government by visiting the EDSITEment lesson plans and EDSITEment-reviewed Web sites referenced on this page.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Federal Reserve      Add Bookmark
Description: Article. An article about the U. S.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: August - 2008 - Electing America's President      Add Bookmark
Description: October marks the last full month of campaigning before America elects a new president.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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