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EconEdLink: Where Does the Money Come From?

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Tech Product Equipment

Computer(s), Internet access, and projector

Activity Description

In this activity, students calculate federal tax revenues collected in several different scenarios, learn about different kinds of taxes, and explore sales tax in different states.


  1. Review the lesson plan and activities.
  2. Create a worksheet using problems and questions from each activity. Be sure not to include the answers.
  3. Gather enough calculators for each student.


Activity 1
  1. Introduce the lesson and discuss the importance of taxes.
  2. Pass out the worksheet and have students slowly work through each problem. Ask for volunteers to work the problems on the board.
  3. Discuss each type of tax.
Activity 2
  1. Discuss the different kinds of taxes
  2. Give students time to answer the questions on their worksheet and, if possible, take the Drag and Drop matching quiz.
Activity 3
  1. Introduce the activity and discuss sales tax.
  2. Give students time to complete their worksheet.
  3. Have volunteers show their work.

Teacher Tips

Check the wonderful economics definition list at , or go to for an online webquest about Economics

More Ways

Check the "Great Economics Lessons" at Go to 'Multimedia' to see several short videos on different topics. Good for listening practice.

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.