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Are you a teacher in search of a classroom lesson, a quick activity or a field trip opportunity? The Economic Education team at the Richmond Fed provides resources and programs for teaching economics, personal finance and the Federal Reserve to elementary, middle and high school students. All resources are free and can either be ordered or downloaded online.

  • College & Career Planning

    A free, online course that helps students decide what path to pursue after high school.

    Grade Level: High School
    Resource Type: Online Course

    On this tour, students participate in activities that explore careers, post-secondary education options and the soft skills needed in the workplace. The Fed Experience museum is located in downtown Richmond, Virginia.

    Grade Level: High School, College, Adult
    Resource Type: Program

    The Diverse Economics: People, Perspectives, Careers (DivEc) Conference provides undergraduate economics students with information on the range of career paths open to them and a forum to discuss the importance of having a variety of perspectives in the field of economics.

    Grade level: College
    Resource Type: Program

    Dollars & Sense is a budgeting game for middle and high school students. Students select a lifestyle and budget for expenses and unexpected events. 

    Grade Level: Middle School, High School
    Resource Type: Student Workbook

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    This activity explores the importance of using net price as a way to compare post-secondary education options. Students calculate the net price of two schools, and compare the price of both schools.
    Grade Level: High School
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    Students participate in a simulation that creates a visual representation of the relationship between education and income. 

    Grade level: Middle School, High School
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    In this video by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond an economist explores one of life’s major financial decisions ‘Is College Worth It?’

    Grade Level: College, Adult
    Resource Type: Video

    5E Navigator, Student Loans

    This issue examines student loans and directs readers to information and tools for managing student loan repayment.

    Grade Level: High School, College, Adult
    Resource Type: Publication

    5E Navigator, Higher Education

    This issue examines the decision to pursue higher education and directs readers to information and tools for evaluating their education options and potential payoffs.

    Grade Level: High School, College, Adult
    Resource Type: Publication

  • Economics

    This tour introduces students to the Federal Reserve, its role in the economy and its connection to the individual.

    Grade Level: Middle School
    Resource Type: Program

    Econ Focus Reading Q&As are comprised of an article from our Econ Focus magazine accompanied by a quiz. This Econ Focus Reading Q&A is on business cycles.

    Grade Level: High School, College
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    In presentations before a panel of judges competing teams analyze economic conditions and recommend an appropriate course for monetary policy. The teams also answer a variety of questions from the judges about their presentation and the Federal Reserve.

    Grade Level: College
    Resource Type: Program

    The Diverse Economics: People, Perspectives, Careers (DivEc) Conference provides undergraduate economics students with information on the range of career paths open to them and a forum to discuss the importance of having a variety of perspectives in the field of economics.

    Grade level: College
    Resource Type: Program

    Fiscal Policy & Monetary Policy: What’s the difference? provides middle and high school students with the chance to examine quotes from the news to distinguish the differences between monetary and fiscal policy.

    Grade Level: Middle School, High School
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    This lesson incorporates the economic concepts of producer, consumer, and productive resources through active exploration.

    Grade Level: Elementary
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    Econ Focus Reading Q&As are comprised of an article from our Econ Focus magazine accompanied by a quiz. This Econ Focus Reading Q&A is on full employment.

    Grade Level: High School, College
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    Three committees consisting of teachers who provide input on Fed resources and help guide the Fed's outreach efforts.

    Grade Level: High School Teachers
    Resource Type: Program

    In this lesson, students participate in an exercise to experience effects similar to those that consumers experience when dealing with unstable prices.

    Grade Level: High School
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    Econ Focus is the economics magazine of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. This publication covers economic issues affecting the Fifth Federal Reserve District and the nation.

    Grade Level: College, Adult
    Resource Type: Publication

  • Federal Reserve

    A presentation that introduces high school students to the Federal Reserve's purpose and function, and how it connects to the student and the economy. The pre-recorded presentation comes with a worksheet for students to complete during the presentation.

    Grade level: High School
    Resource Type: Virtual Presentation

    This tour introduces students to the Federal Reserve, its role in the economy and its connection to the individual.

    Grade Level: Middle School
    Resource Type: Program

    An infographic that describes the Federal Reserve's role in the economy and the ways it connects to your daily life.

    Grade Level: High School, College, Adult
    Resource Type: Infographic

    Request copies for your classroom

    In presentations before a panel of judges competing teams analyze economic conditions and recommend an appropriate course for monetary policy. The teams also answer a variety of questions from the judges about their presentation and the Federal Reserve.

    Grade Level: College
    Resource Type: Program

    The Diverse Economics: People, Perspectives, Careers (DivEc) Conference provides undergraduate economics students with information on the range of career paths open to them and a forum to discuss the importance of having a variety of perspectives in the field of economics.

    Grade level: College
    Resource Type: Program

    Fiscal Policy & Monetary Policy: What’s the difference? provides middle and high school students with the chance to examine quotes from the news to distinguish the differences between monetary and fiscal policy.

    Grade Level: Middle School, High School
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    Want to learn more about the Richmond Fed? We offer a wide range of speakers on a variety of economic and educational topics.

    Grade Level: High School, College, Adult
    Resource Type: Program

    Three committees consisting of teachers who provide input on Fed resources and help guide the Fed's outreach efforts.

    Grade Level: High School Teachers
    Resource Type: Program

    This lesson explores the Fed’s role in key events from 1907-1935.

    Grade Level: High School
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    This lesson highlights both consistency and change over time and is designed as a supplemental resource for students with a basic knowledge of the roles and functions of the Federal Reserve System.

    Grade Level: High School
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    Students review primary source documents to identify economic indicators, trends of the indicators, and the effects of those trends on the economy.

    Grade Level: High School
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    The booklet provides a detailed explanation of the functions, objectives and organization of the Federal Reserve System.

    Grade Level: College, Adult
    Resource Type: Publication

  • Monetary Policy

    This tour introduces students to the Federal Reserve, its role in the economy and its connection to the individual.

    Grade Level: Middle School
    Resource Type: Program

    An infographic that describes the Federal Reserve's role in the economy and the ways it connects to your daily life.

    Grade Level: High School, College, Adult
    Resource Type: Infographic

    Request copies for your classroom

    In presentations before a panel of judges competing teams analyze economic conditions and recommend an appropriate course for monetary policy. The teams also answer a variety of questions from the judges about their presentation and the Federal Reserve.

    Grade Level: College
    Resource Type: Program

    Fiscal Policy & Monetary Policy: What’s the difference? provides middle and high school students with the chance to examine quotes from the news to distinguish the differences between monetary and fiscal policy.

    Grade Level: Middle School, High School
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    Econ Focus Reading Q&As are comprised of an article from our Econ Focus magazine accompanied by a quiz. This Econ Focus Reading Q&A is on full employment.

    Grade Level: High School, College
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    The booklet provides a detailed explanation of the functions, objectives and organization of the Federal Reserve System.

    Grade Level: College, Adult
    Resource Type: Publication

  • Personal Finance

    A free, online course that helps students decide what path to pursue after high school.

    Grade Level: High School
    Resource Type: Online Course

    Dollars & Sense is a budgeting game for middle and high school students. Students select a lifestyle and budget for expenses and unexpected events. 

    Grade Level: Middle School, High School
    Resource Type: Student Workbook

    Request copies for your classroom

    My Money is an educational workbook for students in elementary school. Topics include money, coin equivalents, jobs, goods, services and barter.

    Grade Level: Elementary
    Resource Type: Student Workbook

    Request copies for your classroom

    This activity explores the importance of using net price as a way to compare post-secondary education options. Students calculate the net price of two schools, and compare the price of both schools.
    Grade Level: High School
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    Students participate in a simulation that creates a visual representation of the relationship between education and income. 

    Grade level: Middle School, High School
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    5E Navigator, Renting vs. Buying a Home

    This issue explores the decision to rent or buy a home and directs readers to information and tools to inform their decision.

    Grade Level: College, Adult
    Resource Type: Publication

    Engage your students with short PSA videos, paired with easy-to-implement classroom activities, to demonstrate economic and personal finance concepts.

    Grade Level: High School
    Resource Type: Video

    5E Navigator, Credit Reports

    This issue directs readers to their credit report and provides a road map for resolving credit report errors.

    Grade Level: College, Adult
    Resource Type: Publication

  • History

    This lesson explores the Fed’s role in key events from 1907-1935.

    Grade Level: High School
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    This lesson highlights both consistency and change over time and is designed as a supplemental resource for students with a basic knowledge of the roles and functions of the Federal Reserve System.

    Grade Level: High School
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

    Students review primary source documents to identify economic indicators, trends of the indicators, and the effects of those trends on the economy.

    Grade Level: High School
    Resource Type: Lesson Plan

 

Order single copies and classroom sets of popular educational resources from the Richmond Fed.