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Federal Reserve has got the goods

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Integrating economic concepts and big ideas into social studies lesson and unit design seems like it shouldn’t be a big deal. But if you’re like me, you probably don’t have a ton of econ background.

So it’s always nice to have a few handy resources rattling around in your tool kit when designing instruction. And the US Federal Reserve banking system has got you covered. With twelve regional banks around the country, each with their own education department, the Federal Reserve has an amazing storehouse of educational materials and lesson plan ideas.

To help organize their stash and to make it easier for you to find what you need, the Reserve created a dedicated site designed specifically for teachers. And you know it’s good because they names the site Federal Reserve Education. I mean, it’s right there in title.

fed res 2Start your search by selecting the link to Find Your Federal Reserve District. Then click on any one of the 12 districts, select View Resources, and narrow your results by using the filters along the left side. This allows you to browse through specific regional banks such as St. Louis or Boston. You can also search a specific region’s resources  by using the keyword search located at the top of the page.

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If you’re on the home page, you can use the same keyword box to expand the search system wide. The resources open in different ways depending on which regional bank developed them but all allow for PDF downloads, are aligned to standards, and can help you integrate economics themes and concepts into other social studies disciplines.

Hey. You tax dollars at work here. So don’t be afraid to take advantage of some pretty sweet econ tools.

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