Fundamentals of Economics Interactive Notebook Unit with Lesson Plans

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Leah Cleary
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9th - 12th
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We were really looking to expand our ECON program and this has been a lifesaver! It's easy to use, well explained and includes everything needed to really give a strong foundation in ECON. Love it!
LOVE this unit. The powerpoints and notes are fantastic to help keep students on track with the lessons.
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Been assigned to teach economics but have no idea where to begin? Have creative ideas but not a lot of time? You’ve found the perfect resource with this engaging interactive notebook unit over the fundamentals of economics. It’s packed with interactive activities and detailed lesson plans.

The Fundamentals of Economics will provide your students with an interactive, thorough overview of the discipline of economics. Students will learn about how to apply many of the concepts to their own lives! Watch your economics class become your students' surprise favorite!

★ Topics Include: ★

  • Focused Vocabulary
  • What is Economics? (Scarcity vs. Shortage, Wants vs. Needs, Factors of Production, Human vs. Physical Capital, Entrepreneurs)
  • Rational Decision Making (Decision Making Grids, Opportunity Costs, Decisions at the Margin, Guns or Butter?, Production Possibility Curves, Production Possibility Frontiers, Efficiency, Growth, Cost, Voluntary Exchange, Possibilities and Trade-Offs)
  • Rational Decision Making and Your Future
  • Division of Labor
  • Economic Role of the U.S. Government (GDP, The Business Cycle, Macro vs. Micro, Goals: Growth, Stability, and Employment, Technology, Free Enterprise, Role of the Consumer, Public Sector vs. Private Sector, Public Goods, Safety Nets, Regulation)
  • Economic Systems (Traditional, Command, Free Market, Mixed Market, Keynes, Marx, Circular Flow Model)
  • Tour a Nation’s Economy
  • Universal Basic Income

★ Here's What You Get: ★

  • Daily Lesson Plans
  • Editable PowerPoint Presentations--easy to load into Google Slides
  • Cloze Notes--great for students who need modifications
  • Foldable Graphic Organizers--truly, tactile learning benefits even high schoolers
  • Quizzes
  • Task Cards
  • Card Sorts
  • Handouts
  • Exit Tickets
  • Film Guides
  • Answer Keys
  • Study Guides and Tests
  • Editable Versions of Most of The Resources--I will show you how to load these into Google Slides so they're ready to be assigned digitally in a snap!

★ FAQS ★

Q: My school discourages me from using the number of copies I need to make interactive notebooks.

A: No worries! It's super easy to use the EDITABLE resources digitally--just insert them into Slides with ONE click! I even show you how. (Psst...most of the resources are editable.) Also, all of the daily activities are broken into small PDFs perfect for posting and using digitally with DocHub or Kami.

Q: I only have one semester to teach economics on the traditional schedule. Will this resource work for me?

A: The short answer is, “yes.” I would keep the foundational assignments (bellringers, exit tickets, presentations, notes, gallery walks, reinforcement activities) and cut out most of the projects and simulations. 

Q: I noticed that your daily lesson plans are designed for the block schedule. I teach on traditional. Will this work for me?

A: Yes! It's super-easy to modify them for traditional. I give you instructions on how to do it quickly! 

What Teachers Like You Said…

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Laurel S. said, "This has been a life-saver for me as a first-time economics teacher!  The students are highly engaged and are excited to see what activities we will be doing in class!  I highly recommend this thorough and in-depth resource!" 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Heather R. said, "We were really looking to expand our ECON program and this has been a lifesaver!  It's easy to use, well explained and includes everything needed to really give a strong foundation in ECON.  Love it!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Barbara B. said, "This is the perfect resource to help in teaching Economics.  All the elements are present including lesson plans with answer keys and components needed for your lessons.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Katrina D. said, "Two words - Life Saver!!!  As a teacher who has never taught economics before, and who is a little rusty on the economics concepts myself, this resource has literally saved me!  It is creative, logical, and the students are really grasping the information while gaining such understanding that I often hear them transferring the new information to their everyday life.  I cannot recommend this resource highly enough, and I fully intend to purchase from this seller in the future.  THANK YOU for all the hard work and attention to detail put into this amazing product!" 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hannah H. said, "I wanted to take a minute this morning to applaud this resource. I have been using this in my SDC classroom with my Mild/Moderate and ASD students. It is amazing and I heartily recommend it to anyone teaching Econ, especially someone who has never in her life studied the finer details of Economics.

First, I want to say this is so organized. The instructions are clear, and there's even a table of contents! The entire unit is planned out day by day, although I have to go significantly slower for my students, as our classes are short. But that means I have curriculum and lesson plans for the entire quarter.  All the resources come in Adobe and PowerPoint and are easily printable. We have to go digital, and I do have to use Snip & Sketch to make the notes into Google slide fillables, but it is not that big a deal. 

This resource is engaging, and my students LOVE Willie Wonka as an allegory for Economics.  I like the pictures on the notes and they sometimes color them in, which is a great time killer when you are down to two students because the rest of your class was pulled for Speech. 

Thank you for the PowerPoint about setting up the Interactive Notebook, which is a hit by the way. I have them all trained to grab their notebooks at the beginning of class and just have it, whether we use it or not. I have, however, had to use smaller notebooks, so I have them complete the notes digitally (transferred slides to Google slides) so I can print them out at 86% and then insert them into their notebooks." 

★ Want more interactive, ready-to-teach economics? All 5 of my units are sold together at a steep discount. ★

Get the full course! Economics Interactive Notebook Complete Course Curriculum with Lesson Plans

*** Each unit contains daily lesson plans, ideas for implementation, and tons of creative and engaging resources. Oh, and don’t forget about the editable component. You can use that to customize and digitize! ***

Unit 1: Fundamentals of Economics Interactive Notebook Unit with Lesson Plans: Introduce the discipline of economics to your students. They’ll learn to think like economists with concepts like rational decision making, production possibility curves, scarcity and shortage, and so much more, with highly engaging, interactive lessons.

Unit 2: Microeconomics Interactive Notebook Unit with Lesson Plans: Who knew supply and demand could be so engaging? Students will become experts on that, interdependence, and business and market structures. They will love the interactive simulations that reinforce these concepts!

Unit 3: Macroeconomics Interactive Notebook Unit with Lesson Plans: What’s this inflation all about? What’s the role of the Federal Reserve? Why isn’t full employment 100%? Help your students navigate these questions and more with this engaging, interactive economics unit. 

Unit 4: Economics International Trade Interactive Notebook Unit with Lesson Plans: Embargoes and Tariffs and Quotas, oh, my! These lessons and activities will make concepts like absolute and comparative advantage approachable for your students. Now let’s see if they can bring it all together and escape the container ship in the digital or paper escape room!

Unit 5: Economics Personal Finance Unit with Lesson Plans: Prepare your students for financial life after high school with these lessons and activities. Guide them through the maze of budgeting, credit, and banking with this engaging personal finance unit.


Already built your unit but want to add supplemental lessons to really bring it to life? These activities are sold separately from this unit…

Fundamentals of Economics Review Task Cards

Fundamentals of Economics Vocabulary Unit

Inequality for All Colorfill Film Guide

Economic Systems Film Guide, Gallery Walk, and Flipbook

Economics Productivity and the Role of the U.S. Government Webquest

Economics Productivity, Free Enterprise, and the Role of the U.S. Government

Economics Tour a Nation's Economy with Google Tours

Rational Decision Making Simulation for Economics

Rational Decision Making Simulation

Universal Basic Income Debate for Economics

Introduction to Economics Notes and Activities, Editable


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Total Pages
508 pages
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Teaching Duration
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