Inflows, Outflows, & Restrictions Activities for High School Economics

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

If you are teaching your students about macroeconomics, then they will need to understand concepts like inflows, outflows, and restrictions. This lesson provides activities that will bring these concepts to life.

Teaching Economics

As a high school economics teacher, one of the ideas that you will want your students to understand has to do with how countries within the global economy relate to one another. This means developing an understanding of trade as an economic phenomenon and coming to a conceptualization of how the global marketplace works.

To understand these market forces properly, students will need to learn what inflows, outflows, and restrictions mean on an economic level. These concepts will be new to many students, so it can help to give them some activities that will deepen their comprehension. The activities in this lesson will allow your students to learn more about inflows, outflows, and restrictions.

Activities for Inflows

First, these activities will help your students make sense of what inflows are all about.

Inflow in Action

This is an activity that will let students use their whole bodies and access their dramatic capacities for understanding inflow. Break students into small groups for the activity.

Within each group, ask students to write a skit that models the inflow of capital, goods, or services to an economy. Their skits may be humorous, but they should also represent what inflow is, how it comes in, and how it impacts the recipient economy. Make sure to leave time for students to perform their skits for classmates and document the different concepts about inflow that their dramatizations represent.

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