Make economics come to life with these 25 questions that guide students through Episode 1 of "Thinking Like an Economist," a 12-part video series from the Great Courses
Thinking Like an Economist helps make economics concepts crystal clear to a high school audience by providing students with real-world anecdotes and examples that perfectly illustrate key concepts and bring them fully to life. Using resources as diverse as bumper sticker slogans and the rules of wrestling, Professor Randall Bartlett shows how economic concepts surround us all the time. Once students have seen a few episodes of this fantastic series, they'll achieve the promise of the title and start thinking like economists themselves!
ABOUT THESE THINKING LIKE AN ECONOMIST WORKSHEETS
Each episode lasts 30 minutes, and even though they're very interesting, some students may have trouble paying sustained attention. That's where these worksheets come in. You can use them to hold students accountable either during viewing or afterwards as a quiz.
DIFFERENTIATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Teachers need options, and this worksheet set gives you an important one: All questions are provided in either multiple choice or free response format.
You can use the multiple choice economics worksheet as a basic level activity, reserving the free response variant for an advanced level or extra credit activity. Both versions have the same questions in the same order, so all students will be addressing the same learning targets. Plus, you can have just one review and debrief session this way, going over the material in a whole-class format if you wish, even though the lesson was differentiated!
CONVENIENCE FEATURES IN THIS THINKING LIKE AN ECONOMIST WORKSHEET SET
--- All questions are in video order so that students can easily follow along, using the worksheets during viewing.
--- Fast-correct answer keys are provided for both the multiple choice and free response versions of the questions.
--- Full context answer keys are also provided for both, giving teachers questions and answers on the same page. These are helpful for guiding discussions and going over answers together with the class.
ABOUT EPISODE 1 OF THINKING LIKE AN ECONOMIST
This episode provides students with six key concepts that will help them understand their world a lot better, as seen through the lens of economics. These include:
--- People respond to incentives.
--- Every transaction has at least two sides.
--- Expect unintended consequences.
--- There are always unanticipated influences.
--- Nobody is in control.
Episode 1 develops the theme that will echo throughout the entire series: Rational decision-making in a complex, interrelated world. Key concepts discussed in detail in Episode 1 include ideas found in the first chapter of most Econ textbooks: scarcity, opportunity costs, incentives, and more!
With these concepts in hand, students will be much better prepared to apply economic thinking not just to textbook situations, but also to the events that make up their everyday lives!
WHERE TO GET THE VIDEOS THAT GO WITH THESE WORKSHEETS
The 12-episode "Thinking Like an Economist" is available online from the Great Courses. It goes on deep discount sale at least once a year. At this time, the price can fall drastically, making it really affordable for a resource that can occupy more than two full weeks of class time, year after year, making the discipline of economics much more accessible to the non-specialist in the field.
The videos are available in several formats, including downloadable files you can play from your computer as well as traditional DVDs.
Click the link below to visit the Thinking Like an Economist page at the Great Courses website:
Thinking Like an Economist: A Guide to Rational Decision Making
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Keywords: opportunity cost, scarcity, incentives