This is a complete lesson plan that explores the unemployment rate, historical unemployment data, and different types of unemployment. It also emphasizes the causes and treatments of unemployment. (This lesson is part of a larger unit on Economic Indicators
THIS DOWNLOAD INCLUDES:
1) Warm Up Activity -- students use roles to calculate the classroom unemployment rate.
2) PowerPoint Presentation -- contains the lecture and is a guide for all activities.
3) Note Sheet -- students fill out this note sheet during the lecture.
4) Class Activity -- calculate unemployment rates and identify types of unemployment.
5) Homework -- use the unemployment rate to estimate recessions and real GDP.
6) Teacher Materials -- includes a detailed lesson plan, answer keys, and a "Read Me" document explaining how to use the materials included.
TOPICS FOR THE LECTURE:
1) How to calculate the unemployment rate
2) What the unemployment rate does not measure
3) Demographic and historical unemployment information
4) The four different types of unemployment
5) Natural rate of unemployment
6) Unemployment as an indicator of recession/growth
(If you would like to download one of my PowerPoint slideshows to get a feel for my style, check out my free download here
This lesson is the third day of a five-day unit on Economic Indicators
that was designed using national standards from the Council for Economic Education. It should take 80 - 90 minutes, which is perfect for the block schedule, but it can also be easily split in half for classes that run closer to 50 minutes.
Unemployment - Lesson Plan and Activities
by Nick Samsal
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License