Tools for Teaching with FRED

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Tools for Teaching with FRED incorporates tutorials, instructional guides, lesson plans and activities with FRED, the St. Louis Fed's "Federal Reserve Economic Data" website.

Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) lets users download, graph and track more than a quarter million U.S. and international time series from dozens of sources. Create, save, update and share your own custom graphs using current and historical economic data.

Innovative high school teacher Mike Kaiman talks about the many benefits of using FRED to bring vintage primary source data to AP U.S. history students in this short video:

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Watch as high school students master the latest FRED upgrades to discover, graph and manipulate data.
Also: Are Your Students Ready for FRED? Watch as high school students master the latest FRED upgrades to discover, graph and manipulate data »

Lesson Plans and Activities:

10 FRED Activities in 10 Minutes
Take a 10-minute guided tour of the newly updated FRED, the St. Louis Fed's free economic data website. Simple step-by-step activities equip users to find and graph economic data, mastering FRED's new look and feel. The guide also shows how to customize, save, and share a FRED graph.
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Analyzing the Elements of Real GDP in FRED Using Stacking
This online activity shows how to use FRED, the Federal Reserve's free online economic data website, to analyze changes in real gross domestic product (GDP) and GDP makeup over time. Following simple instructions, you will locate spending data for the individual components of real GDP, and then combine them into a highly informative area graph. You will also use FRED's ability to stack data and see how trade—imports and exports—contributes to GDP. The resulting customized graph will let you see how economic output varies from year to year.
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FRED in the Classroom: Debt and Deficit
A lesson on the U.S. deficit, debt and debt to GDP ratio to be used in conjunction with FRED.
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FRED in the Classroom: Employment and the Labor Force
A lesson on employment and the labor force to be used in conjunction with FRED.
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FRED in the Classroom: Measures of Inflation
A lesson on measures of inflation to be used in conjunction with FRED.
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Lifetime Inflation Activity
Following simple instructions, you will locate the overall level of U.S. consumer prices as it existed on your birth date. You will then compare that level with the level today to see how prices have inflated during your lifetime. FRED's ability to create a graph with a custom index scale will allow you to visualize the rise in prices over your lifetime.
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Tutorials and Instructional Guides:

Making Friends with FRED: One Teacher's Story
Have your students met FRED? Innovative high school teacher Mike Kaiman talks about the many benefits of using FRED to bring vintage primary source data to AP U.S. history students.
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Are Your Students Ready for FRED?
What happens when you introduce an AP U.S. history class to FRED? Watch as high school students master the latest FRED upgrades to discover, graph and manipulate data.
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Websites:

Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics - Teaching with FRED
This site introduces economists to innovative teaching strategies using Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED). It provides instructors with the tools to begin integrating and assessing these teaching strategies in their own classrooms; it also promotes the sharing of teaching innovations among instructors. Included among the strategies are seven lessons for integrating FRED.
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