Teacher Review For People's Pie

Great Game to Intro Federal Budget

David L.
Technology coordinator
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, GA
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
I would use this as a great way to make the federal budget come alive. It's difficult to get students to understand the complexity of the federal budget, and I think this game does a great job with that complexity. At times, I feel like Icivics games are a little to easy for high school students. That's not the case here as it cover both the budget, government borrowing, and the interest rate. I would use this activity as an intro into the budget and follow it up with some sort of class discussion.
My Take
I really like this game. Many times, I have found the Icivics games to teach important concepts, but they were a little to easy and a little to repetitive. This game does a good job of building several facets into the game that make every decision really count. I think this gae does a great job of introducing the federal budget, and I would use this in my class with that topic every time.