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Making Money

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Prepare your class for a life of financial literacy and stability with a unit about making money. Three lessons guides learners through the process of preparing a resume, interviewing for a job, and reading a pay stub.
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Money Management

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The class will first consider personal money management and budgeting. They will then turn the tables and use their skills to budget for philanthropic ventures, developing a service project to support a local non-profit organization....
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Making Decisions

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Money represents decisions: spending decisions, saving decisions, and investing decisions. Encourage young adults to think about the decisions they make with their money in a three-day unit about personal finance, consumer spending, and...
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It's Your Paycheck

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Beyond reading and arithmetic, one of the most important skills for graduating seniors to have is fiscal literacy and responsibility. Start them on the right financial track with nine lessons that focus on a variety of important personal...
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Banking

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Intended for an adult ed ESL class, this lesson reinforces the practical skills needed to complete personal banking transactions. They practice the language skills needed to make simple monetary transactions at the bank or store. They...
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Keep the Currency

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Each day, people throw currency away in different ways because of a lack of financial knowledge. Introduce your learners to the importance of financial literacy and assess their understanding of banking and personal finance.
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Money Smart Choices

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Your class can explore personal finance concepts with this money and philanthropy lesson. They define and discuss the terms spend, save, donate, and invest as they relate to the personal use of money. In groups, they work to explore many...
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Calculating the Cost of Living

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Bring Consumer Mathematics and Economics to life with this activity, where learners investigate personal finance and budgeting. They use the newspaper’s classified section to determine a future job and potential earnings and determine a...
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Budgeting - It's for Everyone

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Budgeting, personal finance, and real life math skills are all addressed in this financial literacy lesson. Your class watches "Money Smarts" then participate in classroom activities that require them to make budgets based on the...
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'I'm Just Totally Lost' About Finances

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore the concept of financial planning with your class. High schoolers read an article about planning for the financial future and discuss what steps the family in the article took to be financially sound. They consider where they...
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Analyzing Advertising

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Some ads really make products look great, and even better than they really are! Kids get into small groups to research and compare marketing used by various cell phone companies. They analyze advertisements, carrier options, and cell...
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Hands on Banking

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Cha-ching! You just hit the jackpot with this interactive consumer math unit. Supported by a series of online lessons and activities, these lessons engage students in applying their math skills to real-life personal finance problems...
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Shopping Wisely

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Work on making good shopping choices with a fun economics project. Kids analyze the differences between brand names and generic products, bigger and smaller units for purchase, and different places they can shop for different items.
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The Credit Safari

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How cool, an interactive personal finance game! Young consumers play a real-life scenario game to practice making credit decisions. They play the game then discuss good and bad credit choices. The scenarios revolve around the use of a...
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Scams and Schemes

For Teachers 7th - 12th
It's easy to spot a scheming character out on the street, but spotting scams in the financial world takes some know how. Youngsters learn about common scams and schemes that plague the financial world. After scams, schemes, and fraud are...
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Money Management

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students manage fake money by paying their $100 if they are late, turn assignments in late, talk out of turn, and more. In this money management lesson plan, students with the most money at the end of 2 weeks get a prize.
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Take Math Shopping!

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Percents, estimation, and comparative analysis become more understandable when they are used in-context at the grocery store.
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Banking 7: Giving out Loans without Giving out Gold

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Can a bank issue endless loans and checking accounts without regard to the amount of money within its walls? Sal addresses this question throughout the lecture, where he introduces the concept of bank regulations - specifically reserve...
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Banking 8: Reserve Ratios

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Addressing the concept of reserve ratios, Sal outlines the necessity and purpose of regulating the reserves within the banking system. He describes how an ideal banking system stays liquid, whereas a chaotic banking system might...
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Banking 6: Bank Notes And Checks

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Why carry around a heavy suitcase full of gold when you can write a check to your neighbor in the village? Sal's village banks flourishes in this video with the introduction of checks, demonstrating how a check essentially works. While...
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Banking 3: Fractional Reserve Banking

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
With just 1000 pieces of fictional gold, Sal takes viewers through the process of fractional reserve banking. He explains how deposits made into a bank can be both assets and liabilities, and the role of having reserves. Additionally, he...
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Banking 2: A bank's income statement

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Using his example of a growing village bank, Sal (the narrator) explains the ins and outs of the banking business, mostly from the perspective of the banker. This point of view can be helpful for people who see the bank as an institution...
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Banking 1

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
As an introduction to the institution and function of banks in society, this video walks viewers through the concept of banking with colorful annotations and simplified narration. The lecture evolves naturally into a discussion about...
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Cell Phone Interview

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Are there benefits to comparison shopping? Yes, even with cell phones. It's important to know which carrier is best and why. Learners interview a family member about his choice in cell phone carriers, and compare that person's choice to...