iCivics – “People’s Pie” game
People’s Pie is designed for students to learn how the federal budget works. Although the game involves complex concepts, it provides simple, student-friendly descriptions for the basic concepts required to succeed in the game.
The game is a balancing act: Students must fund important programs without setting tax rates too high or borrowing too much money. To succeed, they must keep their citizens happy and avoid a burdensome national debt. Can your students master the People’s Pie? (approx. 15 mins)
- Analyze how federal tax and spending policies affect the national budget and the national debt
- Explain how federal, state, and local taxes support the economy as a function of the government
- Describe various types of projects and services provided through local, state, national taxes
Game guide with conversation starters (anticipatory and debrief): https://www.icivics.org/node/33765/resource