Each year, the PNC Christmas Price Index® is used in classrooms as an entertaining, simple way to introduce basic economic concepts. The change in the prices of Christmas gifts, year over year, provides an excellent lesson on inflation and other economic trends. Plus, similarities to the U.S. Consumer Price Index make it a fun and easy way to study economic indicators.
For 2010, PNC has created an interactive pop-up book to help deliver the information. The updated site includes several pages of animated gifts, an interactive chart, and a site that offers fun games and activities that can be used for:
Make sure you check out the interactive price graph at the end of the Christmas Price Index Pop-up Book and share it with your students.
These self-contained activities from The Stock Market Game give you everything you need to use the PNC Christmas Price Index® as an effective teaching tool.
The Stock Market Game, a program of the SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education (www.sifma.org/foundation), is a 501c3 educational organization dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of the financial markets for individuals of all backgrounds.Lesson plan in English. Lesson plan in Spanish.