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Creating a federal budget is a balance. Members of Congress must fund what is necessary, evaluate new ideas, and consider how much debt the government is willing to carry. Individuals experience the process using a simulation video game to create a federal budget.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video game to introduce the concept of government spending
  • Offer the resource to reinforce instruction on the federal budget
Classroom Considerations

  • Each learner needs a computer to play the game
Pros

  • Game allows learners to consider real-world issues with instant feedback on their choices
  • Resource is fun to play
Cons

  • It is easy to get stuck in the game and not be able to move forward