Extra Credit - Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta - FRB Atlanta An online newsletter designed to help teachers looking for timely information on economic and personal finance topics, lesson plans, and ideas for use in the classroom. http://www.frbatlanta.org/rss/ en-us http://www.frbatlanta.org/ Atlanta Fed Logo http://www.frbatlanta.org/~/media/Images/assets/image_gallery/frba_logo_rss http://www.frbatlanta.org/rss/ Maximum Employment https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/classroom-economist/infographics/maximum-employment Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:00 EST Achieving maximum employment is part of the Federal Reserve's mandate from Congress. This infographic highlights the goal of maximum employment and provides visual clues for labor market measures and terminology. Career Exploration and Soft Skills: Preparing Students for Success https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2017/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/basic-economic-concepts/career-exploration-and-soft-skills Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:00:00 EST Which soft skills are highly prized in the workplace and can help students plan their careers? <em>Extra Credit</em> presents great ideas for making your students soft skills experts! Allocation Strategies, Rational Decision Making, and Social Economic Goals https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2017/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/basic-economic-concepts/allocation-strategies Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:00:00 EST <em>Extra Credit</em> has an innovative way to introduce allocation strategies to your students. Combining rational decision-making models with allocation strategies and social economic goals helps teach multiple content standards in one lesson. Guided Reading Questions for <em>Notes from the Vault's</em> "Interest on Reserves" https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2017/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/macroeconomics/guided-reading-questions-for-interest-on-reserves Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:00:00 EST Are you teaching monetary policy? <em>Extra Credit </em>keeps your students current with this guided reading exercise about the monetary policy tool interest on reserves. How High Is Your Fed IQ? https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2017/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/macroeconomics/how-high-is-your-fed-iq Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:00 EST This month, <em>Extra Credit </em>wants to know, "How high is your Fed IQ?" Use this activity as a human bingo game or online scavenger hunt to get your students thinking about the Federal Reserve. A Trip around the World through Exports https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/lessons/bell-ringer/a-trip-around-the-world-through-exports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:55:00 EST Are you teaching a class on globalization, world trade, exports, and comparative advantage? This <em>Bell Ringer</em> activity will complement your curricula and help students identify top world export leaders. Key Economic Data by State: Poster Activity https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2017/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/macroeconomics/key-economic-data-by-state Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:00:00 EST Discover key economic data for your state with these posters from the St. Louis Fed. <em>Extra Credit</em> has a classroom activity to help you integrate these attractive, informative posters into your classroom. Understanding Price Elasticity: It's No Stretch! https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2017/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/microeconomics/understanding-price-elasticity Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:00:00 EST Looking for an engaging way to introduce elasticity to your students? This <em>Extra Credit</em> lesson uses rubber bands and other products to get your students excited about the topic. Career Opportunities at the Federal Reserve https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2017/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/personal-finance/career-opportunities-at-the-federal-reserve Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:00:00 EST Do your students know the Federal Reserve hires college students as summer interns? <em>Extra Credit's</em> new lesson helps students identify the kinds of human capital they should develop for these amazing experiences. International Trade and Comparative Advantage Lesson https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2017/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/international/international-trade-and-comparative-advantage Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:30:00 EST Are you searching for meaningful ways to integrate technology like digital content into your lessons? If so, <em>Extra Credit's</em> lesson on international trade and comparative advantage has great ideas for you! Make the Economy Matter! Digital Quizzes from the Atlanta Fed https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2017/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/basic-economic-concepts/digital-quizzes-from-the-atlanta-fed Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:30:00 EST Looking for a fun way to start your class? <em>Extra Credit</em> highlights all the digital quizzes from our <em>Economy Matters</em> publication. Blend timely economic topics with some friendly competition. <em>Bell Ringers</em>: Mini-Lessons with a Hook https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2017/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/basic-economic-concepts/bell-ringer-mini-lessons-with-a-hook Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:30:00 EST Teachers, get your students "hooked" on economics with our new <em>Bell Ringer</em> series. <em>Extra Credit</em> highlights nine highly engaging mini-lessons designed to spark student interest from the moment class begins. GDP Infographic Activity: What's Included in GDP? https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2016/fall/lessons-and-activities/middle-school/macroeconomics/gdp-infographic-activity Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:00:00 EST Gross domestic product (GDP) assists in measuring the size and growth of our country's economy. This month, <em>Extra Credit</em> has a kinesthetic activity to accompany the new GDP infographic to help your students understand what is counted and not counted when computing GDP. Fiscal and Monetary Policy Infographic Classroom Activity https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2016/fall/lessons-and-activities/high-school/macroeconomics/fiscal-and-monetary-policy-activity Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:00:00 EST Do your students struggle to differentiate between fiscal and monetary policy? <em>Extra Credit</em> has an infographic and classroom activity that can help! Get students reading, thinking, and graphing using primary sources in your economics classroom. Saving Essentials https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2016/fall/lessons-and-activities/high-school/personal-finance/saving-essentials Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:00:00 EST Have you ordered the new Atlanta Fed saving and investing infographic poster yet? If not, there is no time like the present! <em>Extra Credit</em> introduces you to this new resource and provides a great lesson plan on saving to use with the infographic in the classroom. Saving and Investing Activities for the Classroom https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2016/fall/lessons-and-activities/high-school/personal-finance/saving-and-investing-activities Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:00:00 EST As a teacher of financial literacy, you know how important it is to diversify your investments, but how can you get students interested in diversification? <em>Extra Credit</em> brings you the class mutual fund to engage your students. Create the fund and use the tracking tool to monitor the fund throughout the semester. Building Block Barter Lesson for Third to Fifth Graders https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2016/fall/lessons-and-activities/elementary-school/macroeconomics/building-block-barter-lesson Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:00:00 EST Do your elementary students like to build with plastic blocks? <em>Extra Credit</em> can help get them excited with this hands-on lesson about bartering and the characteristics of money. Budgeting Basics https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2016/fall/lessons-and-activities/high-school/personal-finance/budgeting-basics Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:00:00 EST Teaching your students how to budget? Give them a compelling reason to prioritize this important life skill. This <em>Extra Credit</em> budgeting lesson uses a video of a teen facing a financial emergency to underscore the importance of maintaining a budget and building an emergency fund. Protection for Peanuts: Supply, Demand, and Agricultural Support Policies https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2016/fall/lessons-and-activities/high-school/international-microeconomics/protection-for-peanuts Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Agriculture is big business in the United States. From 1941 to 2014, peanuts were included in U.S. farm bills as an agricultural commodity. <em>Extra Credit</em> brings you a lesson on the economics of the peanut industry, using interactive activities, primary source analysis, and graphing. This is a great tool for economics, history, and government teachers. Financial Literacy Infographic Scavenger Hunt https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2016/fall/lessons-and-activities/high-school/personal-finance/financial-literacy-scavenger-hunt Tue, 09 Aug 2016 09:00:00 EST Looking for an enjoyable way to kick off your personal finance unit? If so, <em>Extra Credit</em> has the perfect activity for you! Using digital or free print copies of our six financial literacy classroom posters, your students will search for crucial information about preparing for the future, credit, banking, investment in human capital, and budgeting. Future Choices Four Corners Activity https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2016/fall/lessons-and-activities/high-school/basic-economic-concepts/future-choices-four-corners Tue, 09 Aug 2016 09:00:00 EST Just in time for the new semester, <em>Extra Credit</em> brings you a four corners activity about choices and opportunity cost. Get your students moving and thinking about what they give up when they make a decision. This is a great way to introduce them to the economics of everyday life. Perspectives from Educators: Using <em>Katrina's Classroom</em> to Teach Personal Finance https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2016/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/personal-finance/perspectives-from-educators-on-katrinas-classroom Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:00:00 EST Have you considered using <em>Katrina's Classroom</em> to teach financial literacy? April is a great time to introduce this compelling curriculum to your students. <em>Extra Credit</em> offers some insights from fellow teachers who have effectively integrated the program into their classes. Lesson: Exploring Careers in Economics https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2016/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/personal-finance/exploring-careers-in-economics Thu, 14 Apr 2016 07:00:00 EST Do your students love studying economics? Would you like to encourage them to consider a career in this interesting and growing field? If so, <em>Extra Credit</em> has the right lesson for your class. A related article discusses the need for diversity in the economics field. Financial Lessons from Athletes Who Earned and Lost Millions https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2016/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/personal-finance/financial-lessons-from-famous-athletes Thu, 07 Apr 2016 07:00:00 EST Are your students interested in professional sports? Get them talking about personal finance with stories drawn from the lives of pro athletes. In this <em>Extra Credit</em> reprint from ACTE's <em>Techniques</em> magazine, Claire Loup, senior economic education specialist, suggests strategies to incorporate the ESPN documentary <em>Broke</em> in your classroom. April Is Financial Literacy Month https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2016/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/personal-finance/ideas-for-financial-literacy-month Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:00:00 EST It's only fitting that April, the month of the income tax deadline, is also National Financial Literacy Month. This commemoration is intended to raise awareness about the importance of personal finance education. <em>Extra Credit</em> has some classroom-ready lessons and activities for teaching financial literacy. Katrina Strikes: Financial and Emergency Preparedness https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2016/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/personal-finance/financial-and-emergency-preparedness Mon, 07 Mar 2016 08:00:00 EST In the event of a natural disaster or personal tragedy, the financially prepared are generally able to recover more quickly, which helps the economy remain stable. <em>Extra Credit</em> provides a lesson to help your students create a plan for emergency and financial preparedness. From Raw Materials to Riches: Mercantilism and the British North American Colonies https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2016/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/macroeconomics/mercantilism-and-british-north-american-colonies Mon, 29 Feb 2016 13:00:00 EST How can you get your students excited about the topic of mercantilism? <em>Extra Credit</em> has the answer! In this lesson, students engage in simulations as colonists and business owners, and they learn about mercantile policies used in the early American colonies. Lessons: Teaching Human Capital and the Importance of Postsecondary Education https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2016/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/personal-finance/teaching-human-capital Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:00:00 EST In these two <em>Extra Credit</em> lessons, students will assess their current and future human capital—their knowledge, skills, and training. Students will gain an understanding of the connection between their education level and earning potential, and explore the costs of a higher education. Economic Systems Infographic Activity: Comparative Economic Systems https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2016/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/basic-economic-concepts-international-macroeconomics/comparative-economic-systems Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:00:00 EST Are you teaching economic systems? This month <em>Extra Credit</em> wants you to use the Atlanta Fed's Economic Systems Infographic to launch a study of comparative economic systems with your students. Combining online research, data analysis, and evidence-based writing, this new activity will take your students to the next level! Primary and Secondary Sources: A Natural Fit for Personal Finance https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/fall/primary-and-secondary-sources Thu, 15 Oct 2015 09:00:00 EST Do you use documents to teach personal finance classes? <em>Extra Credit</em> highlights strategies for integrating primary and secondary sources into your financial literacy lessons. You will find it is a natural fit! FRASER: Making Primary Sources a Source of Interest https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/fall/fraser-as-a-primary-source Thu, 08 Oct 2015 09:00:00 EST Meet FRASER: The Fed's archival system—and an excellent primary source—for economic research provides online access to original works to make history come alive. Learn more in this <em>Extra Credit</em> article. Guided Reading Questions for <em>Economy Matters</em> https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/fall/lessons-and-activities/high-school/microeconomics/guided-reading-questions-for-gazelles Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:00:00 EST What is it like to be an entrepreneur in the United States today? <em>Extra Credit</em> provides probing questions to accompany a new <em>Economy Matters</em> article, "Keeping Up with the Gazelles." Teach your students about the important role young, high-growth companies play in our economy. State Archives Bring the Past to Life https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/fall/state-archives-bring-past-to-life Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:00:00 EST Have you or your students checked out your state's online archive and library system? <em>Extra Credit</em> describes a treasure trove with great learning tools in your own backyard. Guided Reading Questions for <em>Economy Matters</em> https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/fall/lessons-and-activities/high-school/macroeconomics/guided-reading-questions-for-economy-matters Tue, 22 Sep 2015 12:00:00 EST Informational text and current events are important items to include in your course. <em>Extra Credit</em> gives you guided reading questions to accompany the <em>Economy Matter</em>'s article "Katrina 10 Years Later." Commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by sharing this article and discussing it with your students. Economics of Disaster: New Orleans and Katrina https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/fall/economics-of-disaster Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:00:00 EST How has the economy of New Orleans changed since Hurricane Katrina? <em>Extra Credit</em> gives you some of the statistics associated with the city's recovery from this devastating natural disaster. Web Quest: Economics of Natural Disasters https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/fall/lessons-and-activities/high-school/macroeconomics/web-quest-economics-of-natural-disasters Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:30:00 EST Is there a correlation between gross national income per capita and a country's ability to plan for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters? <em>Extra Credit</em> challenges your students through a web quest. Students will collect and analyze data about wealth and natural disasters in low-, medium-, and high-income countries. This activity even includes a rubric for easy assessment. Katrina's Classroom Infographics https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/fall/katrinas-classroom-infographics Thu, 10 Sep 2015 12:00:00 EST Do you teach personal finance? Would you like some wonderful posters for your classroom? <em>Extra Credit</em> highlights the new <em>Katrina's Classroom</em> infographic poster series. Available in digital and print formats, these full-color posters explain personal finance topics like human capital, banking, credit, and financial preparedness. Preparing for the Unexpected https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/fall/preparing-for-the-unexpected Tue, 08 Sep 2015 14:00:00 EST Are you prepared for the unexpected? <em>Extra Credit</em> reminds us that September is National Preparedness Month. The resources highlighted will help you plan for unexpected life events. Use these tools to minimize the personal and financial losses associated with disasters. Katrina Plus 10: Looking Back, Looking Forward https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/fall/katrina-plus-10-looking-back-looking-forward Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:00:00 EST What has the last decade been like for a lifelong resident of New Orleans? <em>Extra Credit</em> brings you reflections from the Atlanta Fed's own Claire Loup. Claire, who is senior economic and financial education specialist at the New Orleans Branch, shares some thoughts about life before and after Hurricane Katrina. Using Infographics to Visualize Macroeconomic Data: The AD-AS Model https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/fall/lessons-and-activities/high-school/macroeconomics/the-ad-as-model Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:00:00 EST Looking for new ways to integrate technology into your economics course? <em>Extra Credit</em> has a new lesson plan explaining how your students can create their own economics infographics using a free online tool. Classroom Activity to Accompany the Economic Systems Infographic https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/fall/lessons-and-activities/high-school/basic-economic-concepts/economic-systems-infographic-activity Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:00:00 EST The father of free market economic theory, Adam Smith, once said, "Individual ambition serves the common good" <em>Extra Credit</em> helps you teach economic systems to your students with this activity to accompany the new economic systems infographic poster. Classroom Activity to Accompany the Trade Infographic https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/fall/lessons-and-activities/high-school/international/trade-activity Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:00:00 EST Adam Smith once said, "Every man lives by exchanging." <em>Extra Credit</em> helps you teach about trade with this classroom activity that accompanies the new infographic on trade from the Atlanta Fed. Classroom Activity to Accompany the Fed Explained Infographic https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/fall/lessons-and-activities/high-school/macroeconomics/fed-explained-infographic-activity Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:00:00 EST Are you teaching about the Federal Reserve this semester? <em>Extra Credit</em> has a classroom activity to help you teach about the U.S. central bank using the new Fed Explained Infographic. Classroom Activity to Accompany the Supply and Demand Infographic https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/fall/lessons-and-activities/high-school/microeconomics/supply-and-demand-activity Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:00:00 EST Considered by many to be the "heart and soul" of economics, the concepts of supply and demand lie at the foundation of the field. <em>Extra Credit</em> provides teachers with an activity to accompany the new infographic from the Atlanta Fed on supply and demand. Go Back to School with the Latest Resources from Federal Reserve Education https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/fall/back-to-school Tue, 11 Aug 2015 08:00:00 EST What's new for back to school? Federal Reserve Education has been busy all summer, and <em>Extra Credit</em> highlights all the new resources and tools we have prepared you and your students. All about Infographics https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/fall/all-about-infographics Thu, 06 Aug 2015 15:30:00 EST Welcome to the new economics infographic poster series from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Just in time for the new school year, this article explains how you can access online and print versions of the posters as well as a lesson plan to help your students create their own infographics to explain economic concepts. What's Required in Your State? The Role of Personal Financial Education in the Southeast https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/spring/role-of-personal-finance-education-in-the-southeast Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:00:00 EST Curious about the role financial education plays in the Southeast? Do you want to see how your state stacks up relative to other states? <em>Extra Credit</em> has your state-by-state comparison right here! Using Service Learning and Community Outreach in the Personal Finance Classroom https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/spring/service-learning-and-community-outreach-in-personal-finance Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:00:00 EST What is the best way to learn something? Teach it to someone else! <em>Extra Credit</em> highlights how teachers are using service learning in their personal finance classrooms and giving high school students a chance to teach financial literacy to elementary students. What You Need to Know about Student Loan Debt https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/spring/what-you-need-to-know-about-student-loan-debt Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:00:00 EST Do you have students who plan to receive loans for their postsecondary education? <em>Extra Credit</em> wants them to know the facts about student loans. Financing Your Human Capital: Tips and Resources https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/spring/financing-your-human-capital Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:00:00 EST Your human capital correlates to your income earning potential. <em>Extra Credit</em> provides outstanding tips and tools to help your students finance their postsecondary human capital development. April Showers Bring Financial Literacy https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/spring/april-showers-bring-financial-literacy Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EST National Financial Literacy Month is approaching, so let's take a moment to think about the importance of personal finance education. This <em>Extra Credit</em> article shares some teaching resources. Teaching about Taxes: Tips and Tools https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/spring/resources-for-teaching-about-taxes Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EST Humans have been taxed for more than 3,000 years, but that does not make the topic easy to teach. <em>Extra Credit</em> offers you 13 lucky resources for teaching taxation to your students just in time for April 15th. Bringing Economics Center Stage: Reader's Theater in the Classroom https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/spring/bringing-economics-center-stage-readers-theater-in-classroom Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EST If "all the world's a stage," why shouldn't your economics class be one, too? This <font style="font-style: italic;">Extra Credit</font> article provides strategies and suggests ready-made lessons for incorporating reader's theater into your economics or personal finance classroom. Landfill Harmonic https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/spring/from-trash-to-treasure-how-music-transformed-community Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:00:00 EST Looking for an inspiring story to thrill the musicians and budding environmentalists in your economics classroom? This <font style="font-style: italic;">Extra Credit</font> article tells the true story of how young people from a slum in Paraguay became the Recycled Orchestra. Guided Reading Questions for <i>EconSouth</i> Articles https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/spring/econsouth-guided-reading-questions Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EST Looking for engaging informational text for your economics and personal finance classes? <font style="font-style: italic;">Extra Credit</font> has your solution! This article is filled with guided reading questions linked to the Atlanta Fed's <font style="font-style: italic;">EconSouth</font> magazine. The Nashville Music Economy https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/spring/nashville-music-economy Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:00:00 EST Do your students love music? Engage them in the economics of the music industry with this <font style="font-style: italic;">Extra Credit</font> article showcasing the growth of and changes within the Nashville music industry. The Broad Strokes of Art's Economic Impact https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/spring/infographic/arts-and-economics Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:30:00 EST Do you have students in your economics class who love the arts? This <font style="font-style: italic;">Extra Credit</font> infographic highlights the vital role the arts play in our economy. Arts in Education: Music Meets Econ https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/spring/art-in-education-music-meets-econ Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:30:00 EST The music your students love is filled with economics concepts. This <font style="font-style: italic;">Extra Credit</font> article suggests many songs from a variety of genres that you can use to teach economics—and it explains how to use them legally. Baskets, Base Years, and Bias: Constructing and Using a Student Price Index https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/macroeconomics/baskets-base-year-bias-constructing-using-student-price-index Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:00:00 EST Your students are consumers, too! Use this new <font style="font-style: italic;">Extra Credit</font> lesson to help your students construct and use a price index reflecting the purchasing patterns of teens at their own school. Teenage Unemployment: What's the Local Story? https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/macroeconomics/teenage-unemployment-whats-local-story Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:00:00 EST Challenge your students to collect and analyze economic data on teen unemployment for their own school. This high school economics lesson from <font style="font-style: italic;">Extra Credit</font> will help your students find their "inner economist." Factors Influencing the GDP https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/spring/lessons-and-activities/middle-school/basic-economic-concepts-international-macroeconomics/factors-influencing-gdp Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST Using critical thinking and an engaging card-sorting activity, this <font style="font-style: italic;">Extra Credit</font> lesson gets your students thinking about how a country's resources can influence its gross domestic product. Making Finance Personal: Project-Based Learning for the Personal Finance Classroom https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2015/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/personal-finance/project-based-learning-for-personal-finance-classroom Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:00:00 EST Turn your students into personal finance gurus. This <font style="font-style: italic;">Extra Credit</font> curriculum unit provides your students with a comprehensive approach to successful financial management. Effects of Hispanic-Owned Businesses on Markets: Shifting Supply and Demand https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/fall/lesson-and-activities/high-school/microeconomics/effects-of-hispanic-owned-businesses-on-markets-shifting-supply-demand Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST Build your awareness of top Hispanic-owned businesses in the Southeast. <i>Extra Credit</i> uses the stories of entrepreneurs with Hispanic heritage as the basis for this supply-and-demand activity. Found in Translation https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/fall/found-in-translation Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST Looking for Personal Finance articles written in Spanish? <em>Extra Credit</em> has your solution! Articles in both English and Spanish are available on topics such as credit, college costs, and health care employment. Personal Finance Trends: The Unbanked and Underbanked https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/fall/personal-finance-trends-unbanked-underbanked Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST Using FDIC survey data, this article highlights statistics about the American unbanked and underbanked population. <em>Extra Credit</em> also provides tools and resources for education on this important topic. Salsa Sensation Highlights Economic Success https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/fall/salsa-sensation-highlights-economics Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST From Seinfeld to the census, <em>Extra Credit</em> explores how salsa replaced ketchup as the number one U.S. condiment. Econ Ed Staff Teaches Economics through Sports https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/fall/econ-ed-staff-teaches-economics-through-sports Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST The topic of sports is an exciting way to study economics. <em>Extra Credit</em> highlights a new workshop on the Economics of Sports offered by the Georgia Council on Economic Education and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on the Economics of Sports. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/fall/celebrate-hispanic-month Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EST Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15th to October 15th of 2014. This month <i>Extra Credit</i> highlights the economic contributions of Hispanic Americans in the U.S. economy. Financial Education Day 2014 https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/fall/financial-education-day-2014 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST The Atlanta Fed announces the dates for their annual Financial Education Day. <em>Extra Credit</em> gives you all the information you need to attend one of these exciting programs. Conferences Related to Hispanic Heritage https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/fall/conferences-related-to-hispanic-heritage Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST Would you like to explore economics and personal finance face to face? <em>Extra Credit<em> provides a list of fall conference presentations by Atlanta Fed staff. Personal Finance Trends: Does Gender Matter? https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/fall/does-gender-matter Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15th to October 15th of 2014. This month <i>Extra Credit</i> highlights the economic contributions of Hispanic Americans in the U.S. economy. Economics and Finance Are Women's Worlds, Too https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/fall/economics-finance-womens-world Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST On February 3, 2014, Janet Yellen was sworn in as the Chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. <i>Extra Credit</i> spotlights the first woman to chair the Fed. Federal Reserve Lessons Connecting Women and Economics https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/fall/fed-reserve-lessons-women-economics Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST Women's Equality Day on August 26th is a great opportunity to highlight women's economic issues. <i>Extra Credit</i> provides data and lesson suggestions for your classroom. The Fed Explains the Payments System https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/fall/fed-explains-payments-system Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST Like a circulatory system for the economy, the U.S. payments system facilitates the flow of money between buyers and sellers. <em>Extra Credit</em> highlights the new Fed Explained video on the payments system. New Teaching Resources Coming Soon https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/fall/new-teaching-resources-coming-soon Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST Earlier this summer, the New Orleans Branch of the Atlanta Fed rolled out an online virtual tour of its Museum of Trade, Finance, and the Fed. <i>Extra Credit</i> will soon be offering new classroom tools, such as a scavenger hunt, for teachers to use in conjunction with the virtual tour. Read details about the museum, or take the tour. Empowering Women through Financial Literacy: Realities and Resources https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/fall/empowering-women-financial-literacy Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST Learn how financial literacy can empower women. <i>Extra Credit</i> explores myths, realities, and resources for women's financial empowerment. Blessing or Danger? Stats and Strategies for Teaching Debt and Deficits https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/spring/blessing-or-danger-stats-strategies-for-teaching-debt-deficits Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST President Herbert Hoover once said, "Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt." So teachers can help the young understand their inheritance better, <em>Extra Credit</em> discusses national debt, the deficit, and the difference between them. Teaching Financial Literacy Year Round https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/spring/teaching-financial-literacy-year-round Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST April is National Financial Literacy Month, and <em>Extra Credit</em> offers tips for teaching financial literacy throughout the year. Apptivity of the Month: Econ Lowdown https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/macroeconomics/apptivity-of-month-econ-lowdown Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST This classroom activity allows students to use their own tools—their smartphones and tablets—with an app from the St. Louis Fed to learn about inflation and the cost of credit. <em>Extra Credit</em> offers some tips. Share the Wealth: New Online Elementary and Secondary Courses on Decision Making https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/spring/share-the-wealth Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST Making decisions can be a difficult process no matter where you are in life. Your students can learn how to make better financial decisions, at least, with two new courses from the St. Louis Fed. <em>Extra Credit</em> offers details. Where Are the Jobs? https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/spring/where-are-jobs Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST In its 2013 Annual Report, the Atlanta Fed breaks down into simple terms the complex topic of the labor market. With its sleek charts, infographics, and videos, along with easy-to-understand language, it's an excellent tool for the economics classroom, says <em>Extra Credit</em>. Technology Trends Affecting the Banking Industry https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/spring/technology-trends-affecting-banking-industry Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST As technology evolves, so does banking. <i>Extra Credit</i> describes five new tools that make banking easier for your students and everyone else. Apptivity of the Month: FRED https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/macroeconomics/apptivity-of-month-fred Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST Teachers, do you need more ideas for your smartphone or mobile tablet lab? The St. Louis Fed has an app that allows you to explore vast amounts of economic data. Read about it in <em>Extra Credit</em>. Let Uncle Jed Help You Teach Social Studies https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/spring/let-uncle-jed-help-you-teach-social-studies Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST Teachers, do you need more ideas for your smartphone or mobile tablet lab? The St. Louis Fed has an app that allows you to explore vast amounts of economic data. Read about it in <em>Extra Credit</em>. <i>Trends in Personal Finance</i>: By the Numbers: Statistics, Facts, and Figures https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/spring/trends-in-personal-finance-by-numbers-statistics-facts-figures Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST What do the numbers 6.6 and 12.7 have in common? What's financially significant about 7.2? <em>Extra Credit</em> explains these and more. Introducing the New and Improved Katrina's Classroom https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/spring/introducing-new-improved-katrinas-classroom Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST A lot has changed since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. This <em>Extra Credit</em> article introduces the updated <em>Katrina's Classroom</em> curriculum. Commerce on the Canvas: Discovering Economics through Art https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/spring/commerce-on-canvas-discovering-economics-through-art Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST American painter Edward Hopper once said, "The whole answer is there on the canvas." <em>Extra Credit</em> describes how even economics can be a work of art. Big Data: Government's Next Frontier https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/spring/big-data-governments-next-frontier Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 EST This <em>Extra Credit</em> article helps teachers break down the data—the big data—for students. Here is a good read about ways that big data applications are making their way into our everyday lives. Apptivity of the Month: Building Wealth https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/spring/lessons-and-activities/high-school/personal-finance/apptivity-of-month-building-wealth Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 EST Do you have a bring-your-own-device program or a mobile tablet lab at your school? How will you integrate these technologies into your classroom? <em>Extra Credit</em> offers an "apptivity" to help get you started. St. Louis and Atlanta Feds Offer Expanded Online Learning Resources https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/spring/st-louis-atlanta-feds-offer-expanded-online-learning-resources Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 EST The Atlanta Fed now offers its award-winning <em>Fed Explained</em> animated video series through the St. Louis Fed's new Video Q&A feature. Teachers can now assign videos on relevant topics and track their progress online. Find out more in <em>Extra Credit</em>. Economic Myths: The Unemployment Rate https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/spring/economic-myths-unemployment-rate Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 EST A drop in the unemployment rate is not necessarily an indication of health in the labor market. This <em>Extra Credit</em> article breaks down the numbers and dispels some of the myths around the unemployment rate. Quantitative Easing, Tapering, and the Road Ahead https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2014/spring/quantitative-easing-tapering-road-ahead Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 EST How are you going to teach your students about the Fed's decision to taper bond buying? <em>Extra Credit </em>recommends an article by Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart, and provides discussion questions to go along with it. The Not-So-Strange Case of Jekyll Island: The 1910 Plan to Create a Central Bank https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2013/fall/jekyll-island-1910-plan-to-create-central-bank Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST Today's Federal Reserve System traces its beginnings to a meeting that took place on Jekyll Island in 1910. Read about this historic meeting and learn what is fact and what is fiction in this article from the latest <em>Extra Credit</em>. The Federal Reserve Centennial: The Atlanta Fed's Early Years https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2013/fall/federal-reserve-centennial-atlanta-fed-early-years Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST The latest video in the Fed Explained series explains the importance of keeping our money stable. <em>Extra Credit</em> summarizes the video—"Good versus Bad Standards"—and introduces a new way to use the Fed Explained video series in the classroom. Teaching Tip: Informational Texts and Primary Sources from the Federal Reserve https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2013/fall/lessons-and-activities/high-school/macroeconomics/teaching-tip-informational-texts-primary-sources-from-federal-reserve Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST Need a little break? Sit back and read the latest issue of <em>Extra Credit</em>, which offers more ideas for teaching economics and personal finance using free materials from the Federal Reserve. 100 (Divided by 2) Reasons to Love the Fed’s New Centennial Commemoration Lessons https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2013/fall/lessons-and-activities/high-school/macroeconomics/50-reasons-to-love-fed-new-centennial-commemoration-lessons Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST Have a little math fun while also learning about the new Fed Centennial Commemoration Lesson plans in this <em>Extra Credit</em> article. The Fed Explains...Good Standards and Bad Standards https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2013/fall/fed-explains-good-bad-standards Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST The latest video in the Fed Explained series explains the importance of keeping our money stable. <em>Extra Credit</em> summarizes the video—"Good versus Bad Standards"—and introduces a new way to use the Fed Explained video series in the classroom. Personal Finance Trends Help Wanted: Unemployment and Job-Readiness for Teens https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2013/fall/personal-financial-trends-unemployment-job-readiness-teens Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST With the teen unemployment rate currently 22.7 percent (compared to the national overall rate of 7.2 percent), you want to make sure your high school students know they need to work at getting work. <em>Extra Credit</em> has tips. Ben Franklin Gets a Facelift: New $100 Bill Introduced https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2013/fall/ben-franklin-gets-facelift-new-100-bill-introduced Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:00:00 EST The redesigned $100 note, the last in the Next Generation Currency series, rolls out on October 8. <em>Extra Credit</em> looks at the bill's new security features and puts it in historical perspective. All about Money Primer https://frbatlanta.org:443/education/publications/extra-credit/2013/fall/lessons-and-activities/middle-school/macroeconomics/all-about-money-primer Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:00:00 EST How can Bart Simpson possibly help students understand about money? <em>Extra Credit</em> offers this primer, which weaves in a <em>Simpsons</em> episode, to help educators get their students to deepen their understanding of money and finance.