How would you balance our countries budget? (Student Interactive Activity)

Today, I used an interactive activity from the Scholastic News website in my 8th grade history class.  It required students to pretend that they were the incoming president, pick a cabinet and balance the counties budget.  They then had to justify their decisions.  I found that students were very engaged by this activity and it led to many good conversations and a lot of learning.   I was very happy with how the class went.  This is one of those activities I will be recommending to colleagues and doing with future classes.  Take a look at this great resource on the Scholastic News Website located at the following address; http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/games_quizzes/electiongame/game.asp .

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