Skip to content

GDP and Pizza: Economics for Life Online Course for Teachers and Students

GDP and Pizza

GDP and Pizza: Economics for Life is designed to help students in civics, economics and other social studies classes grasp challenging economic content – and to explain why these topics are important for citizens to understand.

The course includes numerous interactive checks for understanding, video clips of a Fed economist explaining concepts and everyday examples that will make sense to students. In addition, students complete a pre- and post-test to assess learning.

Section One covers:

  • the definition Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
  • the components of GDP
  • per capita GDP

Section Two covers:

  • real vs. nominal GDP
  • levels vs. percentage change
  • importance of a growing economy
  • trend growth rate
  • uses for GDP data
  • automatic stabilizers

Also view the GDP and Pizza Short Courses for Teachers and Students.
The short courses are:


This lesson received the 2015 Curriculum Gold Award from the National Association of Economic Educators.
Read more about our award-winning resources »

Search for Related Resources

Audience:   High School, College
Language:   English
Subjects:   Civics/Government, AP, Economics
Resource Types:   Online Course
Concepts:   Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Fiscal Policy