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BASIC ECONOMICS
AND FINANCE LESSONS

 

Basic finance and economics provide a foundation for understanding important money management principles.

 

Here we include lessons, lesson plans, and worksheets for teaching students basic economic and financial concepts.

 

This material may also be used as an investment education resource.

 

 

Teaching Money Skills Information:

Seventh to Eighth Grade

Ninth to Tenth Grade

Eleventh to Twelfth Grade

College Level

 

 

 

BASIC ECONOMICS WORKSHEETS AND FINANCE LESSONS

WHAT IS ECONOMICS?

   

What is Economics? Lesson Plan

An introduction to economics. Students learn the vocabulary of economics, what economics is, why we study it, and why it is important to our daily lives.

TIME VALUE OF MONEY

   

Time Value of Money Lesson Plan

Time Value of Money - TVM

Time is Money!  This lesson introduces students to a basic concept behind all types of investments,  the Time Value of Money.  Also introduces the concepts of Present Value and Future Value.

COMPOUND INTEREST

   

Compound Interest Lesson Plan

Compound Interest

A worksheet for a lesson in the concept of compound interest as it relates to the time value of money (TVM).

OPPORTUNITY COST

   

Opportunity Cost

We make many decisions every day.  Should we go to work?  Should we go shopping?  In economics this is called opportunity cost.

SUPPLY AND DEMAND

   

Supply and Demand Introduction

A worksheet that introduces the concept of supply and demand.

LAW OF DEMAND

   

Law of Demand

Learn the law of demand, understand how it works, and create demand curves.

INFLATION INTRODUCTION

   

Introduction Lesson to Inflation

Inflation Introduction Lesson

A worksheet that introduces the concept of inflation.

PRESENT VALUE

   

Present Value

Learn about the important financial concept of present value. Present value tells us how much the prospect of future income is worth in today’s dollars.

SIMPLE INTEREST

   

Simple Interest

Understand what simple interest is, and how it is calculated.

COMPOUND INTEREST

   

Compound Interest

Understand what compound interest is, how it is calculated, and appreciate the impact it makes on loans and investments.

MORTGAGES AND INTEREST

   

Mortgages and Interest

Understand the concept of mortgages and compound interest.

ANNUITIES AND PERPETUITIES

   

Annuities and Perpetuities

Understand, define, and calculate annuities and perpetuities.

NET PRESENT VALUE (NPV)

   

Net Present Value (NPV)

Understand the concept of net present value (NPV) and how it is used to determine the value of future cash in today's dollars.

NPV VERSUS OTHER INVESTMENT MODELS

   

NPV versus Other Investment Models

Compare other investment models to NPV  including payback period, discounted payback, average return of book value, Internal Rate of Return (IRR), discounted cash flow, profitability index, and benefit-cost ratio.

MODERN PORTFOLIO THEORY

   

Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT)

Understand modern portfolio theory.  Topics include Markowitz theory, efficient portfolio, CAPM, and the relationship between risk and reward.

INTRO TO RISK, RETURN, AND OPPORTUNITY COST OF CAPITAL

   

Intro to Risk, Return, and Opportunity Cost of Capital

Understand risk, return, and opportunity cost of capital.  Topics include investment portfolio, variance, standard deviation, and portfolio risk.

USING NPV TO MAKE INVESTMENT DECISIONS

   

Using NPV to make Investment Decisions

Understand how to decide which items to include in the cash flow analysis after tax corporate cash flow, and how to utilize limited capital.

DEMAND AND MARGINAL UTILITY

   

Demand and Marginal Utility

Understand the concept of demand, marginal utility, and diminishing marginal utility.

GOODS AND SERVICES: KEY ECONOMIC QUESTIONS

   

Goods and Services: Key Economic Questions

Understand the three economic questions that all societies must answer.

ADDITIONAL LESSONS

   

Introduction: Economic Reasoning

Provides an overview to the economic way of thinking, which is the underlying theme in the Personal Financial Literacy standards.

INFORMATIONAL ARTICLES

   

Macroeconomics: A General Overview

Learn about macroeconomics, basic principles, and concepts.

 

Microeconomics: A General Overview

Learn about microeconomics, and basic micro concepts.

 

The Evolution of Money

The two theories which explain what money is.


RELATED RESOURCES: INVESTING

   

 Finance

Investing

Including stocks, interest, income statements.

Buying stocks, calculating shares purchased, percentage

change in share price, how to read a stock table.

 

   

             

More Economics Lessons, Lesson Plans, Worksheets

 

 

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Economic Lessons appropriate for: 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th Graders
High School Students - Adults - Special Education - Teens - Teenagers - Young People

Teaching High School Students Adults Special Education - Kids - Children - Consumer Dummies - Study of Economics Book Basic - Sixth Grade - Seventh Grade - Eighth Grade - Ninth Grade - Tenth Grade - Eleventh Grade - Twelfth Grade - K12


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