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Classroom activities

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How do you spend your time?

Students will learn how to create and interpret a pie chart displaying how they spend their time.

Overview (PDF)
Excel: Directions (XLS) Worksheet (PDF)
Print: Directions (PDF) Worksheet (PDF)

Graphing Prices

Students will learn how to graph changes in price levels of goods in this real-world graphing exercise.

Worksheet (PDF)

Productivity 101

Learn the basics of productivity, how it’s measured, and why it’s important.

Choosing a Career

Students will research careers from among the 580 occupations listed in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Worksheet (PDF)

Inflation Calculator

Students will use the Inflation Calculator to learn how the buying power of the dollar has changed over the years.

Worksheet (PDF)

The Price is Correct

In this activity, students will learn about inflation and play a game to guess how the prices of common goods have changed over the past several years.

Worksheet (PDF)

Last Modified Date: November 14, 2017