Spending more than you have is a risky enterprise. But sometimes, it can be a wise investment! In this BrainPOP movie about debt, you’ll learn why individuals, businesses, and even governments sometimes need to borrow money in order to invest in the future. Discover how lenders charge interest to borrowers, and how this interest is calculated. Learn why your credit history is so important, and how late payments and defaults affect it. Find out why governments borrow money, and you’ll hear a little about the securities that governments sell. Finally, you’ll learn about America’s burgeoning national debt. Debt is a timely topic, so click this movie and learn more about it!-meta_description=This economics movie explains how personal, corporate, and public debt work; the concept of a personal credit history; and how governments borrow money to function.

Small Business and Budgets Lesson Plan: Ice Cream Truck Game

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 3-8, students will use BrainPOP resources and an online math game to explore the importance of budgets when running a small business. Students will  apply a variety of math skills (including multiplication and division) as they attempt to maximize profits, cut expenses, and maintain customer satisfaction in a simulated ice cream truck. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Banking Lesson Plan: How Do Banks Work?

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use BrainPOP resources to explore the basic purpose banks and the banking industry serves in the US economy. Students will understand the purposes of and difference between checking and savings accounts, and investigate why and how banks lend money. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »