economics (lesson 1)

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Everyday Economics California State Standard 12.1: Students understand common economic terms and concepts and economic reasoning. Learning Objective: The purpose of this lesson is to introduce basic economic terms and have students understand what economics is, why we study it, and importance of economics in both the world and their everyday lives using real life examples.

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  • 1. Everyday EconomicsCalifornia State Standard 12.1: Students understandcommon economic terms and concepts and economicreasoning.Learning Objective: The purpose of this lesson is to introducebasic economic terms and have students understand whateconomics is, why we study it, and importance ofeconomics in both the world and their everyday lives usingreal life examples.

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