There are many lesson plans that teachers might use to illustrate Adventure themes. One of these, developed especially for the Boston Fed, is Intellectual Property: How Allowing People to Own Ideas Helps Fuel Innovation. This lesson plan was originally offered in conjunction with an Adventure exhibit on patent models, but it can also be used effectively on its own, without a visit to the Adventure facility.
Another lesson plan created in partnership with the Boston Fed is Celebrating Economics through Local Business History. Prepared for middle school students by Paul Friedmann, teaching fellow, this plan has ten units and was taught for the first time in the spring of 2003 at the R.G. Shaw Middle School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.In addition, we recommend other lesson plans and student projects because they
What It Takes to Start a Business
Industrial Light and Magic. Exploring the Technological Roots of the Industrial Revolution
Lowell Workers and Producers Respond to Incentives
Students learn how an embargo affects supply, demand, price, and quantity.
Students examine the role and effect of NAFTA in the Mexican and U.S. economies. Learning about this more recent event builds understanding of the role and importance of trade to colonial America, where the colonists produced what they could produce best relative to their available resources and could export at a competitive price.
The Economics of Income: The Rich Nation Mystery
The Introduction and Diffusion of Household Technology
The History and Use of Sampling Methods
Lesson Plan 4, The First Measured Century, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Students learn about sampling by tracing improvements in sampling procedures over the twentieth century. Students apply concepts through sampling exercises.
Using Data Collection to Create a Portrait of Your Town
Lesson Plan 7, The First Measured Century, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Students are provided an outline of the topics and methods used by Robert and Helen Lynd, cultural anthropologists, in their path-breaking 1929 and 1937 studies of Muncie, Indiana (a town they called Middletown). Students then use research methods similar to the Lynds’ to develop a portrait of their own city or town over the last century. Students conduct interviews and images and collect information under each of the Lynds’ six major themes: getting a living, making a home, raising the young, using leisure time, practicing religion, and community life.
EconEdLink, National Council on Economic Education (NCEE)
What are the economic indicators that help forecast economic activity and business cycles? How do economists make their forecasts about the U.S. economy?
Centuries of Economic Growth — From Feathers to Robotics
Economics International, National Council on Economic Education (NCEE)
Students read scenarios about the production of Bibles over five historical time periods. Students create skits and develop a retrieval chart that is used to analyze factors affecting economic growth.
Gross Domestic Pizza, Economics International
National Council on Economic Education (NCEE)
This lesson explores how gross domestic product (GDP) is determined. Students create and compare GDP pie charts for the countries of Pepperonia and Anchovia.