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A Christmas Present for the President Develop a timeline on the creation of the Federal Reserve System High School College (Undergrad) Federal Reserve 12/19/2006
Lesson Time: 60 minutes
Materials: Copies of the publication
Concepts: Federal Reserve - History of the Federal Reserve

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A Day in the Life of the FOMC FOMC Press Release Activity High School College (Undergrad) Federal Reserve 12/13/2007
Lesson Time: 45 minutes
Materials: None
Concepts: Federal Reserve - FOMC, Function of the Federal Reserve, Monetary Policy

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A Day in the Life of the FOMC Role play an FOMC meeting using actual FOMC minutes High School College (Undergrad) Federal Reserve 12/20/2006
Lesson Time: 60 minutes
Materials: See attachment.
Concepts: Federal Reserve - Banks, FOMC, Function of the Federal Reserve, Monetary Policy, Monetary Policy Tools, Structure of the Federal Reserve

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A Day in the Life of the FOMC Simulate an FOMC Meeting High School General Audiences College (Undergrad) Federal Reserve 05/01/2007
Lesson Time: 60 minutes
Materials: Copies of a Day in the Life of the FOMC, Copies of the Beige Book summary from the Money Section of the USA Today
Concepts: Federal Reserve - FOMC, Function of the Federal Reserve, Monetary Policy Tools

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A Penny Saved Discussion questions on personal savings and the economy Middle School High School Federal Reserve, Money and Banking, Personal Finance 01/12/2007
Lesson Time: 45 minutes
Materials: None
Concepts: Federal Reserve - Bank Supervision
Money and Banking - Banks, Inflation, Interest, Money, Saving
Personal Finance - Banks, Financial Investment, Inflation, Risk and Reward, Rule of 72

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Banking Basics Bank on It High School Personal Finance 08/13/2007
Lesson Time: 90 minutes
Materials: None
Concepts: Personal Finance - Banks, Financial Institutions

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Banking Basics Teaching Suggestions for the Revised Banking Basics Publication Middle School High School Money and Banking, Personal Finance 03/28/2007
Lesson Time: 90 minutes
Materials: One copy of the publication and a newspaper for each student.
Concepts: Money and Banking - Banks, Money
Personal Finance - Saving

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Banking Basics Why Do We Name Interest Rates? Middle School High School Money and Banking 12/20/2006
Lesson Time: 60 minutes
Materials: See attachment.
Concepts: Money and Banking - Interest

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Benjamin Franklin and the Birth of a Paper Money Economy A Lesson to Accompany Benjamin Franklin and the Birth of a Paper Money Economy High School Economic History, Economics, Money and Banking 09/15/2008
Lesson Time: 90 minutes
Materials: See lesson plan document
Concepts: Economic History - Early Banking, Historical Figures
Economics - Inflation
Money and Banking - Inflation, Money

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Benjamin Franklin and the Birth of a Paper Money Economy Worksheet Discussion Questions for the Benjamin Franklin Booklet Middle School High School Economic History, Economics, Money and Banking 05/02/2008
Lesson Time: 45 minutes
Materials: You will need copies of the Benjamin Franklin booklets (free) and copies of the worksheet
Concepts: Economic History - Historical Figures
Economics - Scarcity
Money and Banking - Barter, Counterfeiting, Money

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Building Wealth The Money Circle High School Economics, Federal Reserve, Money and Banking, Personal Finance 11/14/2007
Lesson Time: 45 minutes
Materials: Limited Internet access
Concepts: Economics - Opportunity Cost
Federal Reserve - FOMC, Function of the Federal Reserve, Monetary Policy, Monetary Policy Tools, Structure of the Federal Reserve
Money and Banking - Banks, Barter, Interest, Money, Saving
Personal Finance - Borrowing, Credit, Goal setting, Human Capital, Income, Rule of 72, Saving, Spending

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Building Wealth Using simulations, online calculators and other hands-on activities, students will be introduced to concepts such as net worth, compound interest, the rule of 72 and wealth-building strategies. High School College (Undergrad) Money and Banking, Personal Finance 07/23/2007
Lesson Time: 90 minutes
Materials: See attached lesson plan.
Concepts: Money and Banking - Borrowing, Interest, Saving
Personal Finance - Banks, Borrowing, Credit, Goal setting, Income, Inflation, Rule of 72, Saving, Spending

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Closed for the Holiday Pre-, During-, and Post-reading Strategies for Closed for the Holiday High School Economic History, Federal Reserve 03/28/2007
Lesson Time: 120+ minutes
Materials: A copy of the publication "Closed for the Holiday" and a highlight marker for each student; butcher paper or poster board, markers or colored pencils for each pair of students
Concepts: Economic History - Bank Panics, Business Cycles, Central Banking, Great Depression, Historical Figures
Federal Reserve - History of the Federal Reserve

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Entrepreneurs and the Economy Entrepreneurs: Entrepreneurs and the Economy Elementary School Middle School Personal Finance 07/08/2008
Lesson Time: 90 minutes
Materials: A copy of the Entrepreneurs: Entrepreneurs and the Economy booklet for each student
Concepts: Personal Finance - Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurs and the Economy Introduction to Entrepreneurship High School Economics, Personal Finance 03/06/2008
Lesson Time: 60 minutes
Materials: A copy of Entrepreneurs and the Economy for each student
Concepts: Economics - Business Structures, Economic Freedom
Personal Finance - Careers, Entrepreneurship, Profit, Risk and Reward

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Fedville This scavenger hunt provides students with a series of questions to answer as they travel through fedville. Elementary School Economics, Federal Reserve, Money and Banking, Personal Finance 09/02/2009
Lesson Time: 30 minutes
Materials: Computer with internet access to Fedville, 1 copy of scavenger hunt for each student or group of students
Concepts: Economics - Financial Institutions
Federal Reserve - Banks, Financial Services
Money and Banking - Banks, Counterfeiting, Interest, Money, Saving
Personal Finance - Banks, Saving, Spending

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GeoFRED™ Graphing and averaging while learning GeoFRED Middle School Economic History, Economics 06/10/2010
Lesson Time: 90 minutes
Materials: GeoFRED, poster sized paper or similar material for student groups to present graphs to class
Concepts: Economic History - Business Cycles
Economics - Unemployment

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Historical Figures Bookmarks Activities for Using Historical Bookmarks Elementary School Middle School Economic History, Money and Banking 10/16/2007
Lesson Time: 45 minutes
Materials: None
Concepts: Economic History - Historical Figures
Money and Banking - Money

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How To Establish, Use and Protect Credit Just Sign Here: Bottom-Line Personal Finance Myths High School Personal Finance 03/27/2007
Lesson Time: 120+ minutes
Materials: See lesson plan
Concepts: Personal Finance - Borrowing, Credit

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How To Establish, Use and Protect Credit Use Federal Reserve Credit Brochures to Teach Responsible Use of Credit Middle School High School Personal Finance 03/27/2007
Lesson Time: 90 minutes
Materials: credit brochures, sample credit report, newspapers, credit card application, credit card "terms of use" for each student; Internet and materials for student presentations
Concepts: Personal Finance - Borrowing, Credit

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In Plain English In Plain English Lesson Plan Middle School High School Middle School High School Federal Reserve 06/26/2009
Lesson Time: 90 minutes
Materials: See lesson plan.
Concepts: Federal Reserve - Function of the Federal Reserve, Structure of the Federal Reserve

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Money, Banking and Monetary Policy Historical Prices High School Money and Banking 07/09/2008
Lesson Time: 60 minutes
Materials: Copy of Money: Money, Banking & Monetary Policy, and student access to an online inflation calculator
Concepts: Money and Banking - Banks, Barter, Inflation, Money

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My Money Part I A Science Project for My Money Part I Elementary School Money and Banking 05/01/2007
Lesson Time: 120+ minutes
Materials: A copy of My Money Part I workbook for each student, glass or see-through plastic jars, pennies, various solutions (rain water, coca cola, vinegar, sugar water, salt water, baking soda and water, oil)
Concepts: Money and Banking - Money

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My Money Part I Money Song Elementary School Economics, Personal Finance 03/18/2008
Lesson Time: 15 minutes
Materials: n/a
Concepts: Economics - Factors of Production, Goods and Services
Personal Finance - Income

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Once Upon a Dime In-class barter activity Elementary School Middle School Money and Banking 12/21/2006
Lesson Time: 60 minutes
Materials: One copy of Once Upon a Dime for each student
Concepts: Money and Banking - Barter, Money

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Open and Operating Cause and Effect of Policies High School Economics, Federal Reserve, Money and Banking, Personal Finance 04/30/2007
Lesson Time: 15 minutes
Materials: Write the following economic indicators on sheets of paper in large letters: "Unemployment," "Inflation," "Money Supply," "Consumer Spending" and "Interest Rates"
Concepts: Economics - Fiscal Policy, Inflation, Unemployment
Federal Reserve - Monetary Policy, Monetary Policy Tools
Money and Banking - Inflation, Interest
Personal Finance - Spending

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Open and Operating Questions and Answers from Handout 1 on Pages 19 & 20 High School Federal Reserve 07/09/2007
Lesson Time: 15 minutes
Materials: Open & Operating DVD and lesson plan, Copy of Student Handout 1 for each student
Concepts: Federal Reserve - Bank Supervision, Financial Services, Function of the Federal Reserve, Payments System

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Panic of 1907 Suggestions for Using the Publication, "Panic of 1907," in the Classroom High School Economic History 03/29/2007
Lesson Time: 90 minutes
Materials: a copy of the publication, "Panic of 1907" and a copy of a highlight marker for each student, Optional copy of "It's a Wonderful Life" video or DVD
Concepts: Economic History - Bank Panics, Business Cycles, Early Banking, Historical Figures

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The Fed Today Fed Today Discussion Questions with Answers High School General Audiences Federal Reserve 07/10/2008
Lesson Time: 30 minutes
Materials: A copy of The Fed Today DVD/Video, a copy of the discussion question handout for each student, a copy of the discussion question answer key for the teacher
Concepts: Federal Reserve - Function of the Federal Reserve, History of the Federal Reserve, Structure of the Federal Reserve

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The Story of Banks The Gigantic $100,000 Bill Lesson High School Money and Banking 06/12/2007
Lesson Time: 75 minutes
Materials: A copy of "The Story of Banks" for each student and the items listed in the "Materials" section of the lesson
Concepts: Money and Banking - Banks, Money

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The Story of Checks and Electronic Payments Personal Banking 101 Middle School High School Federal Reserve, Money and Banking, Personal Finance 03/07/2008
Lesson Time: 60 minutes
Materials: A copy of The Story of Checks and Electronic Payments booklet for each student
Concepts: Federal Reserve - Banks, Function of the Federal Reserve
Money and Banking - Banks, Money, Saving
Personal Finance - Banks, Credit, Financial Institutions, Goal setting, Saving, Spending

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The Story of Foreign Trade and Exchange Identify factors causing an appreciation and/or depreciation of the dollar High School Economics 03/26/2007
Lesson Time: 90 minutes
Materials: The Story of Foreign Trade and Exchage, newspaper or internet
Concepts: Economics - International Trade, Opportunity Cost

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The Story of Foreign Trade and Exchange International Trade Activity High School Economics 02/02/2007
Lesson Time: 60 minutes
Materials: Copy of the lesson "Trading Around the World" from United States History: Eyes on the Economy through the 20th Century, Copy of The Story of Foreign Trade and Exchange
Concepts: Economics - International Trade

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The Story of Inflation Suggestions for Teaching Inflation with the Comic Book Middle School High School Money and Banking 03/28/2007
Lesson Time: 120+ minutes
Materials: None
Concepts: Money and Banking - Inflation

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The Story of Money Create a top ten list of questions to ask a guest Elementary School Money and Banking 10/31/2006
Lesson Time: 60 minutes
Materials: One copy of The Story of Money for each student in a reading group
Concepts: Money and Banking - Money

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The Story of Money Group discussion questions Middle School Money and Banking 01/12/2007
Lesson Time: 120+ minutes
Materials: One copy of The Story of Money for each student in a reading group
Concepts: Money and Banking - Barter, Money

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The Story of the Federal Reserve System The Story of the Federal Reserve System and Money in Motion Middle School High School Federal Reserve 03/29/2007
Lesson Time: 90 minutes
Materials: One copy of the publication for each student.
Concepts: Federal Reserve - Function of the Federal Reserve, Structure of the Federal Reserve

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Too Much, Too Little This Fun Facts Reading Guide is designed to help students focus on historical facts from the comic book, Too Much, Too Little Middle School High School Economic History, Federal Reserve, Money and Banking 07/09/2007
Lesson Time: 60 minutes
Materials: One copy of the publication, Too Much, Too Little for each student, One copy of the Too Much, Too Little Quiz for each student--see attachment
Concepts: Economic History - Bank Panics, Central Banking, Early Banking, Historical Figures
Federal Reserve - Function of the Federal Reserve, History of the Federal Reserve, Structure of the Federal Reserve
Money and Banking - Banks, Barter, Money

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What Your Credit Report Says About You Just Sign Here: Bottom-Line Personal Finance Myths High School Personal Finance 09/24/2008
Lesson Time: 120+ minutes
Materials: See lesson plan
Concepts: Personal Finance - Borrowing, Credit

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What Your Credit Report Says About You Use Federal Reserve Credit Brochures To Teach Responsible Use of Credit Middle School High School Personal Finance 09/24/2008
Lesson Time: 90 minutes
Materials: credit brochures, internet, sample credit report, newspaper, materials for student presentations, credit card application, credit card "terms of use."
Concepts: Personal Finance - Borrowing, Credit

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Wishes and Rainbows Answers to Road To Roota Questions Elementary School Economics 08/26/2008
Lesson Time: 60 minutes
Materials: A copy of Wishes and Rainbows for each student. It is available on the Boston Fed's web site too so you could also project it and read it as a classroom activity..
Concepts: Economics - Opportunity Cost, Scarcity

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Your Credit Rating Just Sign Here: Bottom-Line Personal Finance Myths High School Personal Finance 09/24/2008
Lesson Time: 120+ minutes
Materials: See lesson plan
Concepts: Personal Finance - Borrowing, Credit

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Your Credit Rating Use Federal Reserve Credit Brochures To Teach Responsible Use of Credit Middle School High School Personal Finance 09/24/2008
Lesson Time: 90 minutes
Materials: credit brochures, internet, sample credit report, newspaper, materials for student presentations, credit card application, credit card "terms of use."
Concepts: Personal Finance - Borrowing, Credit

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