Teacher Review For Budget Hero

Excellent tool to connect to US government unit

Cathy C.
Technology coordinator
Cedar Hill Elementary School
Basking Ridge, NJ
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
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 Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I used Budget Hero to connect a US government unit with fifth grade students. It is a fantastic simulator, and contains valuable information that elected officials need to consider prior to making these important choices. The students were less engaged when it came to reading the information, and were not always able to name the benefits or consequences of their choices. In the future, i would utilize this activity as a launch pad for a debate on budget choices based on stands they felt deeply for. The students would research, debate, and select budget cuts, then utilize Budget Hero to see how their hard fought choices impacted the future.
My Take
Budget Hero is an excellent way to gain further understanding of how government works, and the considerations that need to be taken into account when making budget choices. I appreciate how the activity requires you to choose up to three stands (Democrat/Republican, Green, Energy Efficiency, Reduced government) at the start. The pros and cons included with each budget choice were a huge source of valuable information, but the students lost some interest while reading. Budget Hero is highly effective in demonstrating how budget choice affect not only the present, but the impact in the future as well.