# Lesson Ideas

Taxes--you’ve probably heard politicians talk about them, and your parents complain about them. But have you ever wondered what taxes are really all about? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby tell you exactly how they’re used and why they exist! You’ll find out some of the many things that your family’s tax dollars pay for, including highways, schools, and parks, and learn the difference between federal, state, and local taxes. You’ll hear about things like the Internal Revenue Service and how sales tax is calculated on purchases you make. Plus, Tim and Moby will introduce you to income taxes and teach you about how you’re taxed at a higher rate as your income rises. So don’t wait for April 15th--click on this movie and watch it now!

#### Federal Funds and Economics Lesson Plan: The Fed Chairman Game

In this Federal Funds lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use an economic simulation to explore the influence of the Fed on the United State's economy. See more »

#### Ratios, Proportion, and Percents Lesson Plan: Making Real-World Connections

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 4-8, students use BrainPOP resources to define and give examples of a ratio, proportion, and percent. Students then solve word problems and equations to find ratios, proportions and percents. See more »

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