Government, Economics, and Personal Finance – Week 1

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Guest Hollow’s Government Online Textbook
Guest Hollow's FREE online American government textbookRead the following in the online textbook:
Chapter 1: American Government and Civic Engagement
1.1 What is Government?
1.2 Who Governs? Elitism, Pluralism, and Trade-offs
Economics and Personal Finance Spine Books *A spine book is a “backbone” of a study and is used most of the year.
Lessons for the Young EconomistLessons for the Young Economist
Lesson 1 Thinking Like an EconomistLesson 2 How We Develop Economic Principles
You may want to download the free teacher’s manual for Lessons for the Young Economist by visiting this website:
Non-Fiction Books
Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?Chapter 1: Money: Coins and PaperChapter 2: Tanstaafl, the Romans, and UsChapter 3: InflationChapter 4: Dollars, Money, and Legal Tender
Fiction/Literature/Graphic Novels
Extra Resources and Activities
Activities and PrintablesCatan Board Game (Base Game)Catan Board Game (Base Game)
Free online version: – The free version is limited (you can’t play with others, etc.)
iCivics: Foundation Basics
What’s the relationship between government and power? And how do the concepts of authority, legitimacy, and sovereignty influence that relationship? In this lesson, students are introduced to these key characteristics of government, consider how governments establish and maintain them, and analyze government forms to determine if and how each characteristic exists.
iCivics: John Locke Mini-lesson
This mini-lesson introduces students to the ideas and writings of John Locke that influenced the likes of Thomas Jefferson and other Founding Fathers. 
iCivics: Philosophically Correct
What exactly is the ideal government? Let some of history’s leading philosophers give you their take. In this government philosophy lesson, students explore how philosophers have explained the relationship between people and their governments and examine how those ideas influenced America’s founding documents.
Learning how to cook inexpensive meals:
Throughout the year there will be a variety of recipes scheduled in for cooking inexpensive meals. Feel free to substitute your favorites. The point is to learn how to make home cooked meals and snacks that are budget-friendly and less expensive than packaged versions. Recipes have been chosen for their versatility (ingredients can easily be subbed) and/or for their cost savings.
Homemade granola
Note: Granola is one of those recipes you can change up depending on what ingredients you have on hand! You can eat it for breakfast or a snack!
Videos7 Minute History of Austrian Economics

 ∵ Austrian Economics and Keynesianism (Keynesian Economics) Explained in One Minute
What if you could trade a paperclip for a house? | Kyle MacDonald | TEDxVienna
*There is a remark about virginity in a joking manner and a curse word mentioned twice.

Money vs. Barter | Characteristics of Money
Thinking Like An Economist- Macro/MicroTopic 1.1 (Scarcity)
What the Inflation of the 1970s Can Teach Us Today | WSJWhy YOU should learn economics!TED-Ed: What gives a dollar bill its value? – Doug Levinson
Quiz score:
Full-Length VideosReal Life 101Real Life 101
Note: This is not a flashy show, but it showcases a bunch of different jobs, kind of like a video career fair. It’s optional, but it may give you some new ideas about a potential future career. It also discusses which things you should focus on for the various jobs via training or college.
WebsitesPlay this game this week or any other week:
Build Your Stash
Your Book ChoiceTitle:
Circle the days read: M  T  W  TH  F  WK        Starting page:                    Ending page:
Reference Books
How Money Works: The Facts Visually ExplainedHow Money Worksp. 9 Introductionp. 12=13 The evolution of moneyp. 14-15 Barter, IOUs, and money
The Economics Book (Big Ideas)The Economics Book
Note: We list the subtitle for each section, for ease of topic reference
p. 10-19 Introduction and Let the Trading Begin
400 BCE-1770 CE
p. 20-21 Property rightsp. 22-23 Markets and morality
The People's Guide to the United States Constitution, Revised EditionThe People’s Guide to the United States ConstitutionIntroduction
p. 1-2
We the People
p. 3-6
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
p. 7-10
The Purpose of Government
p. 11-14
Ideas and Events Leading to American Independence
Read through: Anglo-Saxons
p. 15-17
There is a free educator’s guide and a free homeschool study guide for The People’s Guide to the United States Constitution available here:
The study guides contain discussion and/or essay questions, assignments, and learning objectives for each section.

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