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Facing the Future provides free downloadable activities (registration required) and materials for sale on global issues, including the environment, poverty, and consumption, designed for use in middle school and high school classrooms.

The Federal Reserve (and see sites for the twelve district Federal Reserve banks) a source of education publications, online simulation activities, and on-site museum exhibits. The Board of Governors’ web site is the entry point for information on the U.S. money supply, background of appointees to the Federal Reserve, and minutes of policy-making meetings, as well as helpful links to information about monetary data and central banks in other countries. The Federal Reserve has useful interactive online programs describing its organization and policy-making tools. Teachers should take care in adopting Federal Reserve materials on controversial issues because of its conservative bias.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence contains a short but useful annotated list of online classroom resources that might otherwise be overlooked. All have been created by federal agencies.

Financial Markets Center provides reports on Federal Reserve policy making and the strengths and weaknesses of Federal Reserve economic education programs, many of which are designed for high school classrooms.

Foundation for Economic Education publishes The Freeman (archived on line), with short articles that typically push individualistic and antigovernment arguments to an extreme. Users beware.

Foundation for Teaching Economics provides curriculum materials and training workshops for teachers. Participants should be aware of conservative political bias in these programs. Somewhat less ideological and of potential interest to instructors are Prize Winning Lessons written by high school instructors and posted at the FTE web site.

Games Economists Play designed for use by college teachers, but many of the games are easily adaptable for use in high school classrooms. Includes more than 130 games, most of which can be played within one class meeting. Organized by topic in micro and macro economics.

Global Development and Environmental Institute (GDAE) educational materials are primarily geared for a university audience. However, some of them may be also be useful in a high school course. GDAE’s Teaching Modules on Social and Environmental Issues in Economics offer student readings and instructor support materials (downloadable free of charge) on a variety of issues.

Globalization 101: A Project of the Carnegie Endowment offers a number of lessons plans on globalization issues, including development, women, and environment.

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