Monday, March 25, 2013

Economics: Jack & The Beanstalk

Fairy tales have always been used to give lessons about life. The story of Jack and the Bean Stalk is a good lesson about the importance of knowing about money and banks. 

In this lesson you will list the roles and functions of money, apply the definition of money to various alternatives to money, and describe the role of banks.

Lesson Link- EconEd Jack & The Beanstalk
Story Link- Jack & The Beanstalk Task #1-
Read through the assignment, answer all the questions, be sure and print your responses as well.

Task #2-
Using the answers to the questions above write a short paper on how the story of Jack and the Bean Stalk is related to money and banks.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Government: Path to citizenship

Let's take a look at one of the hottest topics out there, Immigration. What does it take to become a U.S. citizen? Is illegal immigration a problem  and why? What are the factors of immigration? and tons more...!

Today in my absence you will be starting a webquest on Immigration.

Task #1-

iCivics: Immigration

As you work your way through the webquest read each of the 9 web "pages" and visit each link provided.

Be sure to log into your iCivics account to record you visit to the page today. When on the iCivics webpage it records for me how long you're on the page, what games you played (like when you played the Counties work game).

When finished, you may play any games on the iCivics website as well. If you have not finished the Counties Work game, please do that as well.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Government: Counties Work Game

Link for Game

  1. Create a login for your game (Class Registration code is "Roberts18220")
  2. Select, New Game
  3. Choose a County Name (an appropriate one of your choice or a random one)
  4. Choose an Avatar
  5. Choose a City Seal
  6. Start Game
  7. Read the tutorial instructions prior to starting your game
  8. Play your Game! :)
  9. I will ask you to log in later to check your progress, score and achievements in the game. Have Fun!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Economics: How to go to college debt free

Task #1-

It is possible to gain a higher education debt free. Here are some thoughts on just how to do that...

Video: How to survive college without a loan

After watching the video...

Task #2-

Even if you are not considering a higher education after high school. You should still take a look at what college or program may be right for you. Search for the right higher education place for you...
Big Future Link

Select each filter on the left side and choose your preferences for each. You can even use the slider on the left to indicate how important certain characteristics are to you. If there is a characteristic that is not important to you, simply do not make a selection. If there is a characteristic you are unsure of, view the details on the right hand side for more information before you make your choice.

When you have completed the "survey" post your results below in the comments section...

Monday, March 18, 2013

Economics: To Debt or not to Debt...

With student loan debt now nearing $1 trillion, "Need to Know" looks at the dilemma facing young people:
go to college and likely accumulate tens of thousands of dollars in debt or more, or skip it and risk never qualifying for a higher paying job.

Task #1-
Watch the following video... Video Link

Task #2-
On your own paper write a minimum of two paragraphs. One paragraph summarizing what you learned in the video. Then a second paragraph stating what you feel your financial situation will lead you to decide in your choice of higher education.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Monday, March 4, 2013

Economics: Credit, Credit Cards & Your Credit Score

#1- Watch the following presentations and take notes on the handout provided.

Credit and Credit Cards Presentation

How to improve your Credit Score Presentation

#2- After completing your notes, watch the following video.

Government: Local Government Structure

#1- Create an organizational chart on poster paper for each of the three forms of city government currently in use by Texas home-rule cities, carefully following directions for what to include in each chart. Refer to the organizational chart below for an example of such a chart.

WEAK MAYOR-COUNCIL GOVERNMENT: Your chart should begin with the voters at the top and then indicate the offices of mayor and council. For this chart, assume that the mayor is chosen from among the members of the city council rather than being chosen by the voters. Then, indicate the relationship between the council and these appointed officials: city secretary, police chief, city attorney, fire chief, municipal judge, utility director, water/wastewater director, and economic director development director.

STRONG MAYOR-COUNCIL GOVERNMENT: Your chart should begin with the voters and then indicate the offices of mayor, council, and city controller. Then, indicate the relationship of the mayor to appointed officials in charge of these areas: engineering services, transportation, economic development, fire, police, health and human services, parks and recreation, and public works and utilities.

COUNCIL-MANAGER GOVERNMENT: Your chart should begin with the voters and then indicate the offices of mayor and city council, assuming that the mayor and the council are elected at large. Then, indicate the relationship between the council and the city manager, and the manager and officials in charge of these areas: public works and utilities, economic development, fire, police, health and human services, transportation, engineering services, and parks and recreation.