TEACH WITH INSIGHT AND HUMOR USING YOUTUBE AND THESE CRASH COURSE ECONOMICS WORKSHEETS!
Few classroom strategies are as successful as this simple approach: make learning fun! Unfortunately for economics teachers, many students think of this subject as one of the most dry and boring courses ever. The good news is, it doesn't have to be this way! One easy way to increase student enjoyment while still keeping them deeply engaged in highly relevant subject matter is to show the class episodes of the excellent free online series Crash Course Economics.
The script of each episode is packed with humorous observations -- ones that help to make strong points about the economic concepts under study. Students like watching the series, which means they pay attention to it and learn! Just as importantly, this series has a way of presenting economic models in a clear, concise way using examples and anecdotes that high school students can *really* relate to!
Produced by PBS Digital Studios, each episode of Crash Course contains about 10 minutes of content plus a brief time for the credits. Episodes are available for free on YouTube at the following playlist:
Crash Course Economics
If you are new to Crash Course, I encourage you to watch a few videos as soon as you can. I expect you'll be just as enthusiastic about the classroom possibilities as I am!
ABOUT THESE CRASH COURSE ECONOMICS WORKSHEETS
Each worksheet focuses on a single episode of Crash Course Economics and typically contains between 15 and 25 problems for students to complete. Worksheets are formatted to fit on one page for easy copying and a detailed answer key is provided for each episode. In addition to these regular worksheet items, open-ended extra credit or discussion items are also included for each and every episode. These can be used as debate starters, essay prompts, or . . . the sky's the limit, but one thing is sure -- they target the economic concepts covered in the episode and try to get students to go "one step further" and apply those concepts to their own views of life and society.
EPISODES INCLUDED IN THIS CRASH COURSE WORKSHEET SET:
• 1 Introduction to Economics
• 2 Specialization and Trade
• 3 Economic Systems and Macroeconomics
• 4 Supply and Demand
• 5 Macroeconomics
• 6 Productivity and Growth
• 7 Inflation and Bubbles and Tulips!
• 8 Fiscal Policy and Stimulus
• 9 Deficits and Debt
• 10 Monetary Policy and the Federal Reserve
• 11 Money and Finance
• 12 The 2008 Financial Crisis
• 13 Recession, Hyperinflation, and Stagflation
• 14 Economic Schools of Thought
• 15 Imports, Exports, and Exchange Rates
CREATED WITH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS IN MIND
All Crash Course Economics Worksheets
feature questions presented in video order so that students can easily follow along, but these worksheets are not mere outlines that merely ask students to generate their own notes. Instead, they focus in on the key economic issues that students should master!
TIME STAMPS INCLUDED WITH ALMOST EVERY EPISODE
Some teachers strongly prefer to provide their students with time stamp information so they can "zero in" on the questions. Other teachers would rather their students just have the questions. This teaching resource accommodates both styles of instruction since nearly every* episode comes with a "questions only" as well as a "time stamped" version of the same Crash Course Economics Worksheet
*Currently, only episodes 2 and 3 lack time stamps.
IDEAS FOR USING THESE CRASH COURSE ECONOMICS WORKSHEETS / CRASH COURSE ECONOMICS QUIZZES
Only a teacher knows what constitutes best use for a particular class, but I always find it helpful to see what creative approaches other teachers are using. Here are some good options for these worksheets.
• Print off copies and have students complete them as they watch the video.
• Send the copies electronically so students can complete them on tablet/laptop devices,
• Basic level option: Assign students to do only the evens or only the odds. After watching the video, pair students up to discuss and fill in missing answers.
• Run a game show: Have students watch the video carefully and take notes. Form groups afterwards and have them pool their notes, briefly discussing the whole video. Pass out the worksheets only AFTER this discussion and have each group fill out one collaboratively.
• Let students self-assess their learning
• Use worksheets as a traditional quiz - in this way, the packet can become a collection of Crash Course Economics quizzes.
• MY PERSONAL FAVORITE: Have students watch the episode without a worksheet. Then pass out worksheets and have them work in pairs to see what they remember. Re-watch the episodes with pairs still working together to fill in the blanks. Finally, review all content out loud before moving on to the discussion prompts.
I am sure you can think of many more engaging ways to use these Crash Course Economics Worksheets
to keep student interest in economics high throughout the year.
BARGAIN BUNDLE PRICING
At just 10.99 for 15 worksheets, that's less than 75 cents per episode, making this a truly affordable addition to your economics repertoire!
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Crash Course Economics Quizzes or Worksheets for Episodes 1-5
Crash Course Economics Quizzes or Worksheets for Episodes 6-10
Crash Course Economics Quizzes or Worksheets for Episodes 11-15
Crash Course Economics Quizzes or Worksheets for Episodes 16-20
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