What Is the Federal Reserve?
In this Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank lesson, students learn about fractional reserve banking through a simplified banking simulation. Students will examine bank deposits, loans, and reserves during this interactive lesson.
Focus on the Fed Grades 5–8
These lessons from the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank include a hands-on activity on the role and functions of banks.
The Story of Banks
This online comic book from the New York Federal Reserve Bank explains the basics of banking and includes a discussion of how fractional reserve banking works.
Ask Dr. Econ
This resource of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank answers the question, What does a change in the reserve requirement ratio do to the money supply?
This Boston Federal Reserve's publication covers all of the fundamental functions of the banking system.
The Case of the Gigantic $100,000 Bill
In this lesson from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, students participate in a demonstration of the money creation process using a $100,000 bill. The teacher traces on a board the expansions of the money supply caused by successive deposits and loans so students can follow the process. Students learn to calculate the upper bound of the money creation process using the simple money multiplier.
Focus on the FRB
These lessons from the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank explain the Federal Reserve Bank and how it helps to control the growth of the U.S. money supply.
Everyday Economics: Money, Banking and Monetary Policy
This booklet from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas explores money as a medium of exchange. It also looks at how banks "create" money when they lend it and discusses the Federal Reserve's role in promoting economic growth without inflation.
This web page of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors provides definitions related to fractional reserve banking and includes current requirements, historical data, and regulations.
What Does the Fed Do?
This lesson from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank introduces students to fractional reserve banking through an interactive simulation of the process. Students will also learn about the Federal Reserve System's three basic functions.
What Really Caused the Great Depression?
In this lesson from the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank's Great Depression Curriculum, students participate in a simulation of a bank run. The activity covers the concepts of bank reserves, bank failures, and bank panics.
Advanced High School and College
Ask Dr. Econ
This resource of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank answers questions about the money multiplier and its most recent impact on the money creation process.