Federal deficit and debt in the news

National Debt Clock, Avenue of the Americas, New York City

Congress has begun debating what should be included and what should be removed from the 2012 budget that President Obama submitted last week. The words debt and deficit are constantly in the news. Introduce your students to these concepts so that they can appreciate the important discussions that are happening right now in Washington ... and do some math.

This activity involves reading charts, making comparisons, computing percents and analyzing trends.


For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions.

deficit&debt.doc         deficit&debt-solutions.pdf