I always loved having the kids "cut" the national budget. Tell them they are working for the President and he wants them to slash X number of dollars from the overall yearly budget. REAL easy right? Well, before they get to slashing this and eliminating that, be sure to tell them that they can't touch net interest on the debt and monkeying around with Social Security and National Defense is probably not going to win many votes back in Iowa.
This incredibly amazing interactive graph will make this budget cutting exercise better, easier, cooler and maybe even the best thing your students do all week. Where was this when I was in the classroom?