Extra Credit (Fall 2008)

Special Topic

New tools make it easier to enter the Fed's Lesson Plan of the Year contest
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Related Links
2008–2009 Lesson Plan of the Year contest information
Lesson Plan template
Getting Started slideshow
Previous years' winning lesson plans

Now in its third year, the Atlanta Fed's Lesson Plan of the Year contest challenges middle and high school educators to develop lesson plans featuring Federal Reserve publications, Web sites, or multimedia materials.

Why should you enter? Teachers have found the contest to be a rewarding experience. They have benefited from the savings bond prizes, professional recognition, exposure to new materials and ideas, and the challenge of a competition.

You'll find that the Fed has a wide array of free classroom resources to teach about economics, personal finance, and other disciplines. Integrate those resources into an original lesson plan for the chance to win up to $2,500 in savings bond prizes.

Is your time limited? New this year, a lesson plan template (see Related Links) helps guide you in the format and style of your entry. For more information about the entry requirements, judging criteria, and rules, see the contest information (Related Links).

Ready to begin? Check out the slideshow (Related Links) to find out how to get started. Submit your intent to enter, and a Fed representative will help you find the materials you need to develop your plan. Take a look at winning lesson plans (Related Links) to see the qualities of a winning plan.

Entries for the 2008–2009 contest must be submitted by January 30, 2009, so don't wait to begin. Start checking out the Fed's many resources and show us your plan!

By Sara Messina, economic and financial education specialist, Jacksonville Branch