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35 worksheets, one for each episode in the entire series! A mix of true/false, free response, and T/F worksheets to keep engagement high! Every worksheet has a time-stamped option along with discussion prompts to cue economic thinking, along with full answer keys!
ALL WORKSHEETS CAN BE DONE FULLY ONLINE AS TPT DIGITAL ACTIVITIES! Perfect for distance learning or a paperless classroom! To get started, just click on "Open Digital Activity!"
Episodes 1 & 2 are also provided for you in Google Doc format!
Need print instead of digital? No problem -- Each worksheet packet in this set includes both a one-page worksheet to save paper, as well as a larger-format version with plenty of room for student answers!
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:
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 discussion prompts 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 ECONOMICS ENTIRE SERIES BUNDLE:
• 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
• 16 Globalization, Trade, and Poverty
• 17 Income and Wealth Inequality
• 18 Marginal Analysis and Elasticity
• 19 Markets, Efficiency, and Price Signals
• 20 Price Controls, Subsidies, and the Risks of Good Intentions
• 21 Market Failures, Taxes, and Subsidies
• 22 Environmental Economics
• 23 The Economics of Education
• 24 Revenue, Profits, and Price
• 25 Monopolies and Anti-Competitive Markets
• 26 Game Theory and Oligopoly
• 27 Behavioral Economics
• 28 Labor Markets and Minimum Wage
• 29 The Economics of Health Care
• 30 The Economics of Death
• 31 Taxes
• 32 The Underground Economy
• 33 The Economics of Immigration
• 34 Foreign Aid and Remittances
• 35 The Economics of Happiness
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!
All questions are presented in video order both with and without time stamps so that students can easily follow along, but these worksheets are not outlines that merely ask students to generate their own notes. Instead, they focus in on certain key issues that students watching the videos should master in order to have a clear and concise understanding of the topic under study.
ARE TIME STAMPS A PRIORITY? HERE YOU GO!
Teachers who like to provide time stamps for video questions will find the work already done for them in this resource! A worksheet without time stamps, however, is also included for each episode.
For your convenience, both the one-page and the large-format worksheets are included both with and without time stamps!
IDEAS FOR USING THESE CRASH COURSE ECONOMICS WORKSHEETS
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.
- Assign the worksheet to be completed online as a TpT Digital Activity -- look on the product page for the link to use online to get started!
- Accommodate students who claim that the worksheets "go too fast:" 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.
- Differentiation -- Easily create basic and advanced levels from the same worksheet: This is easily done by declaring that the "basic" level is odds-only (or evens-only) while the "advanced" level consists of all the questions.
- Encourage students to challenge themselves to do the advanced level by offering extra credit or by announcing that the basic level can only earn a C at best, but A and B grades are available at the advanced level.
- Use a preview/review approach, using the worksheet as an anticipatory set!
- 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. Go over the answers out loud, calling on groups to respond. This option means making fewer copies: only one per group.
- Run a multi-round game show: Print out only one copy of the worksheet and cut it apart to make question strips. Have students watch the video carefully and take notes. Form groups afterwards and have them pool their notes, briefly discussing the whole video. Ask the questions out loud, handing the question slip used to the group that first supplies the correct answer. In this way the question strips become a point counter to keep track of group progress. After all questions have been used, have each group ask each of their questions of the other groups -- this provides an additional level of review and gives groups a chance to recoup points they missed on the first round. This option means making only a single copy!
- Let students self-assess their learning: Print out one worksheet per student, but hang onto them until students have finished watching the video. Then pass them out and have students work in pairs or individually to see how much they remember. Watch the video a second time to let them fill in the gaps. Finally, go over the material aloud to review with the class and let them fill in the blanks.
- Use worksheets as a traditional quiz: As above, but collect papers for grading before going over the items aloud.
I am sure there are many more fun and engaging ways to use these worksheets, but I do hope that you find them useful and that the video series helps you keep student interest in economics high throughout the year!
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If you prefer smaller packets of Crash Course Economics Worksheets, just click below:
- 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
- Crash Course Economics Quizzes or Worksheets for Episodes 21-25
- Crash Course Economics Quizzes or Worksheets for Episodes 26-30
- Crash Course Economics Quizzes or Worksheets for Episodes 31-35
Economics teachers in a *lot* of schools also teach other social studies subjects. Just in case that's the case with you, here are links to my other Crash Course worksheets!
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