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Making Finance Personal: Project-Based Learning for the Personal Finance Classroom

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Cash in on a collection of lessons that use a project-based learning approach to teach high schoolers how to manage their personal finances. The 11 lessons include detailed instructions, as well as printable forms, and rubrics for the...
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Practical Money Skills: Lessons for Special Needs Students

For Students 6th - 12th
Help special needs learners develop the money management skills they need to prepare for living on their own. The collection of 10 lessons cover budgeting, shopping, banking, saving and investing, understanding credit, and much more....
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Practical Money Skills Grades 3-6

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Teach elementary school learners money management skills with a collection of four lessons that cover allowances and spending plans, saving and investing, spending, comparison shopping, and messaging in advertising. The final lesson...
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Practical Money Skills Grades Pre-K–2

For Students Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Youngsters begin to develop knowledge about money management through a collection of  activities and games. They learn the names of coins and their relative values, learn about earning money through jobs and chores, develop spending...
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Practical Money Skills: Banking Services

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Provide high schoolers with personal finance skills that they can take to the bank! A set of lessons incorporate consumer math and practical economic skills to teach learners about the best ways to build their credit scores.
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Practical Money Skills: Consumer Knowledge

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How much do your high schooler really know about personal finance? Guide them around some common mistakes and pitfalls of the economic system with a set of helpful finance lessons.
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The Fed Explained

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Animated videos, colorful graphics, and catchy examples help young economists gain an understanding of the Federal Reserve and its role in the Reserve System. The nine resources in the collection cover such basic economic concepts as...
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Volleyball Practice Plans & Drill Bank

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Enhance volleyball lessons or team practice with a collection of videos that showcase a 14 and under beach volleyball team from Canada. The Volleyball Canada Beach Volleyball Drill Bank Series clearly demonstrates how to perform drills...
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Katrina's Classroom: Teaching Money Skills for Life

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Imagine a hurricane teaching high schoolers about financial preparedness! The four lessons in this collection are based on the personal stories in Katrina’s Classroom: Financial Lessons from a Hurricane video. Topics include goal...
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Practical Money Skills: Decisions and Goals

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Equip teenagers with the knowledge they need to make well-founded and well-rounded financial decision, both now and in their economic future.
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Consumer Math

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Comprehensive lesson plans on everyday use of consumer math for students in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.
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EngageNY Algebra II Module 3: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The 35 lessons in the Algebra II Module 3 collection are divided into five topics: Real Numbers, Logarithms, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions and their Graphs, Using Logarithms in Modeling situations, and Geometric series and...
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Practical Money Skills: Loans and Expenses

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A dollar saved is a dollar earned—but what about a dollar spent? Guide young financial wizards through important economic decisions in their near future.
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The Concept of Diversity in World Literature

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Communicating across cultures can be a challenge. China Achebe's Things Fall Apart, as well as essays by Achebe and Richard Rodriguez, introduce some of these challenges and provide much food for thought about cultural concepts readers...
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Space, Gravity, and the Human Body

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
What happens to the human skeleton when it has been in space for an extended time? What does a reduced-gravity environment do to our bodies? Can we learn about our own skeletons by taking apart a chicken carcass? Explore the concepts...
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Economic Lowdown Video Series

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Designed for high school and college-level classes, a collection of 12 resources covers topics in economics, banking, and monetary policy. Students investigate supply curves, the law of demand, market equilibrium, and the labor market....
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James Madison: From Father of the Constitution to President

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
James Madison, fourth president of the United States serving from 1809-1817, is the focus of a four-lesson collection that provides high schoolers with the information they need to understand why Madison is considered "The Father of the...
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Economic Lowdown Podcast Series

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Accepting a cow as payment for a car is not udder-ly ridiculous. A collection of 21 podcasts provide high schoolers with the lowdown on economics. Topics covered include economics, banking, monetary policy, and the role the Federal...
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Financial Literacy Infographic Scavenger Hunt

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A lesson in personal finance can be the most valuable part of a high school education. Connect the basics of banking with informational reading skills in a lesson that prompts teenagers to answer a series of questions based on an array...
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Consumer Economics: Building a Budget

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
I think most of us adults could use a tip or two on how to budget our personal finances. Pass on some valuable knowledge to your pupils as they move into the real world. The presentation provides three easy steps to creating a personal...
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Study Skills, Time, and Money Management

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Enhance your high schoolers' time/money management and study skills. In each of three sessions, they examine their current habits and practice new strategies to best use their time and money, and to study most effectively. A service...
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The Importance of Managing Your Finances

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Here is lesson three of a larger unit that uses the game Karma Tycoon to explore personal finance. Learners apply math skills to a real-life situation by discussing the loan interest rates commonly used with grants, loads, and credit...
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You Can BANK on This! (Part 2)

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
This is part two in a four-part instructional activity on banking and personal finance. In this instructional activity, learners analyze whether or not they have made a good purchase, then discuss how to make an informed decision about a...
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Planning and Money Management: Spending and Saving

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Financial literacy is such an important, and often-overlooked, skill to teach our young people. Here is a terrific instructional activity which has pupils explore how to come up with a personal budget. They consider income, saving,...
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Personal Finance Project Resource Book

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Balancing a budget, paying taxes, and buying a home may feel out of reach for your high schoolers, but in their adult years they will thank you for the early tips. A set of five lessons integrates applicable money math activities with...
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Banking and Budgeting

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Middle schoolers explore personal finance. They investigate spending, saving, and budgeting. Practice writing checks, managing a checking account, and developing a personal saving plan. A great way to bring the real world into the...
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Economics and Personal Finance

For Students 9th - 12th
You don't have to be an economist to understand this packet packed with information and exercises about economics and personal finance. Designed for high schoolers, the activities explain why setting short and long terms goals is...
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Banking on Debit Cards

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a credit card versus a debit card? What are the costs of using a debit card irresponsibly? Here you'll find a lesson on key concepts that every learner should know regarding personal...
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Many Teenagers Uninformed in Financial Literacy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars explore the concept of financial literacy. They read an article about the lack of financial literacy among teenagers, discuss what if means to be financially literate, the research a career that will allow them to live...
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Personal Finance and Budget

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Investigate personal finances and budgeting with your middle schoolers. They calculate their cost of living given various costs of amenities. They use their calculations to determine if their expenses exceed their income, if so they must...
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Sample Exam: Personal Financial Literacy

For Students 11th - 12th
Looking for a way to assess pupils' personal financial literacy? A 100-question, multiple-choice exam provides a good understanding of what class members already know and need to know about personal finance. 
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What Is A Bank?

For Teachers 6th - 9th
You're never too young to learn about banking and personal finance. Use a set of seven banking lessons to teach middle schoolers about checking and savings accounts, interest rates, loans and credit cards, and safety deposit boxes.
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Just Sign Here: Bottom-Line Personal Finance Myths

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore budgeting myths. In this personal finance lesson, students complete a series of activities that help them recognize the pros and cons of credit. Students also discover the process for obtaining loans. This lesson...
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Money Management Part III: Savings Accounts and Cash vs. Credit

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Help your class understand the importance of saving and managing their money. Here is part three to a unit on credit, cash, and savings. Learners discuss savings accounts and the idea that a budget plan can help them avoid costly credit...
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Money Management Part II: Checking Accounts

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Having money is great, learning to manage it wisely is imperative. First, the class has a discussion on the value and convenience of having a checking account. Then, they practice filling out deposit slips, keeping an account register,...
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Hands on Banking

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Encourage middle schoolers to be proficient and knowledgeable in the economic world with a series of personal finance lessons. Focusing on banking, credit, budgets, and investing, the activities guide learners through financial literacy...
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Banking Services

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Teach your high schoolers to step into the bank with confidence after they complete a unit about banking services. Three lessons guide young economists through the advantages of having a checking and savings account, the differences...
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Personal Financial Literacy: An Introduction to Financial Planning

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Proper financial planning and the ability to differentiate wants from needs are important skills to develop as a young adult. Here is a great resource to introduce this topic to your learners, which includes a variety of hands-on and...
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Money Math Lessons for Life

For Teachers 7th - 9th
An outstanding lesson on financial literacy is here for you. Learners are presented with six scenarios, then compute the amount of savings they will have in their accounts. They complete a series of exercises designed to teach them that...
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What is the Importance of Developing Job Skills?

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Financial literacy is the way to teach! The class works in small groups to discover the relationship between education and income level. They use their math and problem-solving skills to complete two different activities. They work out a...
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Bank of America: How to Set Up a Budget

For Students 9th - 12th
Financial literacy is one of the most important skills you can give your high schoolers as they prepare to be young adults. A helpful video from Bank of America guides teenagers through the steps for setting up a budget, as well as...
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Family Finances

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students examine the dynamics of family finances. In groups, they discuss the importance of a budget and create their own given a fictional amount of money. As a class, they listen to a speaker from the bank discussing the importance of...
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Money Management Board Game

For Students 11th
In this money management worksheet, students are provided with a game board.  Students follow the given directions as they move around a "Monopoly" type game board.
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Money Management Part I: Money and You: An Introduction to Money Management and Budgeting

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Learners discuss personal finance and create personal budgets. They discuss the importance of managing their money and how money management skills impact their future. Note: This activity is intended for use with a SMART Board and...
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Karma Tycoon (Video Game): Running a Nonprofit Unit

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Your class learns to launch and operate a nonprofit, procure funding, manage finances, and help others with this superbly designed unit. Includes well-crafted activities, Internet research, worksheets, vocabulary, and a high-interest...
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Wise Pockets

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Using children's picture books and role-playing activities, youngsters begin to learn about personal finance management. These lesson plans are engaging and intend to endow pupils with skills for making wise decisions with money as they...
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Saving and Investing

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learn the difference between saving money and investing money, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. Kids review banking and personal finance terms before studying the different ways that people can reach their financial...
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Celebrate National Financial Literacy Month

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Boost achievement and engagement with real-world financial literacy lessons!
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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...
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Money: Bucks, Banks, and Business

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Put economics and currency exchange rates into a real-world application kids can understand. They'll compare bus fares from various cities around the world. Each child selects three international cities to research. They determine the...
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Financial Literacy: Money Attitudes Lesson Plan

For Students 7th - 10th
Going once, going twice, sold! An auction provides class members with an opportunity to examine their attitudes toward money. After bidding on and purchasing items, individuals complete an attitude survey and then identify a goal that...
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What is it to be Financially Literate?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What does it mean to be financially responsible? Develop a working definition of financial literacy with your classes. Using six scenarios, learners debate financial literate actions and develop a definition based on their decisions.
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The Tools to Build Your Financial Dream

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
When it comes to all the ways money management and financial responsibility weave into our daily lives as adults, make sure students are prepared to locate resources for managing their finances, such as a financial advisor. 
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The Art of Budgeting

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Most learners have objects that they'd like to purchase in the future, but lack the financial skills to make a plan to buy what they'd want. Guide pupils through the process of budgeting, setting up financial goals, and reflecting on the...
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Student Loans

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
If your learners are college bound, they'll need a lesson about student loans and personal finance before they step into their dorm room. A four-day lesson guides high schoolers through the process of budgeting for college, as well as...
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Hands On Activities and Projects in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, & Personal Finance

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Your learners will enjoy this conglomerate of hands-on activities and projects that can be used in algebra one and two, geometry, and personal finance. Rich in math standards, these projects reach into learners' lives to motivate and...
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Money Management: Berenstain Bears

For Students 1st - 2nd
In this money management worksheet, students consider the benefits of savings account as they read a brief story and respond to 5 fill in the blank questions.
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Money Management

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Young scholars explore money management skills and economics thru a creative project where students earn "money" for their assigned "jobs." They keep track of their income and expenses in a transaction record and explore the Excel...
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Bottom-Line Personal Finance Myths

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars investigate the concept of personal finance. They take a look at some of the misconceptions that surround many financial responsibilities. Students examine statistics and other factors in order to comprehend sound...
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Financial Literacy - Debt and Poor Money Management

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students review responsibilities people have of their own finances, consequences of poor money management, excessive debt, and bankruptcy.
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Making Money

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The first step in managing your money is making money! Learn about ways to find and interview for a job with a thorough lesson on personal finances. Kids learn about the ways to earn a paycheck and then manage the funds they receive.
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Economics: Supply, Demand & Personal Finance

For Students 11th - 12th
In this Economics/Personal financial literacy learning exercise, students use USA Today to find article, photos, charts, or graphics related to events that are affecting the prices of different products and services.  Students answer...
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The Bernstein Bear's Trouble with Money: Financial and Academic Literacy

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
What do figures of speech have to do with financial literacy? Take an interdisciplinary look at The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Money to find out. Young analysts read about the cubs' spendthrift ways and how Mama and Papa Bear teach...
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Real World Math: Unexpected Events

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Ready to delve into personal finance? Learners discover how to organize a check book register. They practice debits and credits in a math game involving the register they set up. While they gain valuable practical knowledge, they also...
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Being a Wise Borrower: Managing Your Money

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore the world of personal finance, credit, and money management. They use car payment data based on credit history to better understand borrowing, lending, and making financial choices.
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Bank or Bust: Selecting a Banking Partner

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Why shouldn't we just save all our money in our mattress? Couldn't our money disappear? Pupils discover the benefits of utilizing banks and credit unions for saving money, as well as how to evaluate different types of institutions by...
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Banking Services

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
From writing and depositing checks to comparing ATM and debit cards, pupils develop financially savvy practices and build foundational knowledge of the financial service products available through banking institutions. 
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Cars and Loans

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Most teenagers want to buy a car, but do they know how much it really costs? Calculate the cost of purchasing a car, securing auto insurance, and maintaining the new investment with a thorough and engaging personal finance instructional...
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About Consumer Privacy

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Help young economists protect their identities and their finances with a set of lessons about consumer privacy. Once they read through the three-lesson unit and fill in the correct facts, they can take an assessment to demonstrate what...
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A Penny Saved

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Budgeting, net vs. gross pay, savings, and fees are all key elements of personal financing and essential for your class members to learn about as young adults.
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Banking and Financial Services

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Just how long does it take to pay off a credit card? Budding economists consider the question with a credit card payment simulation activity. Other materials allow pupils to research various financial services, such as banks and ATMs,...
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The Fed Explains Bank Supervision and Regulation

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Banking was a lot different before 2008. Young economists learn about the ways government regulation keeps banking practices consistant, fair, and equitable for consumers around the country.
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Money Wise

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Does money seem to slip through your middle schoolers' fingers? Encourage them to examine spending, saving, and budgeting habits with a unit on consumer skills and money management. Young spenders study the waste that occurs with school...
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Choosing My Lifestyle

For Teachers 10th Standards
How much does it cost to live the life your dream life? Scholars explore the pitfalls of personal finance through planning, discussion, and research. The first instructional activity in a five-part series tasks individuals with...
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Selecting Lower Priced Grocery Items

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
As adults, most individuals with special needs must live on a budget. Provide them with money management skills by teaching your class how to make price comparisons while shopping at the grocery store. They work through a series of...
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Monthly Expenses

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Teach your class about finances and have them fill out real or simulated expenses on this sheet. Class members fill in amounts for rent, groceries, loans, car expenses, insurance, utilities, and more in order to determine the total cost...
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Money Management Intelligence

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students apply decision-making skills to budgeting.
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Andrew Jackson and The Bank Wars

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Viewers examine the historical arguments for and against establishing a National Bank in the United States. They examine just how Andrew Jackson's debate continues to rage on, all the way to today's America. 
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Chinese Central Bank Buying Treasuries

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
The first several minutes of this clip are a review of the hypothetical China-U.S. trade scenario Sal mapped out in previous videos. Then, he begins to further outline how the Yuan can resist appreciation because of interference by the...
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Money Management

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students role play buying and selling items. For this economics lesson, students are given play money with which to purchase items, as well as value their own items for others to buy. Each student in the group works together to decide...
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Managing a Checkbook

For Teachers 8th - 11th
How do grown ups do it? Teach your upper graders the ins and outs of personal finance by having them use their algebra skills to balance a checkbook. They examine the financial side of math, set up a checking account, and balance their...
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An Introduction to Personal Finance

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students study personal finance and building wealth. In this economics lessons, students use Federal Reserve Bank publications to research answers and to make written recommendations for solutions to problems presented by several callers...
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Dream Phone of Basic Phone?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learning to be a savvy shopper can make or break the bank. Upper graders research five different cell phone carriers to see if they'll have enough money in their imaginary budget for a dream phone or a basic phone. They create either a...
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Lesson 2: In the Aftermath

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Don't wait for a crisis to get your finances together. An economics lesson demonstrates the importance of understanding crucial documents, banking basics, and financial tools with the focus on Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and its effects.
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Financial Institution Comparison

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Once learners are ready to choose a bank, how do they make a smart decision for their financial needs? Scholars help each other by jigsawing the research in groups. After introducing checking and savings accounts with the attached...
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Cashing a Check and Using an ATM

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Banking is a key skill all individuals should practice. Provide a hands-on exercise to encourage the proper method of writing a check and using an ATM. The lesson prompts special needs students with full assistance until mastery is...
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Banks and Credit Unions (Part 1)

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Imagine you have money you want to save ... where do you put it?  Pupils investigate the similarities and differences of banks and credit unions as they determine where exactly to place their hard-earned money. Through a WebQuest, they...
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Household Budgets

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Build practical money skills and an understanding of the real world. The class discusses what they know about household budgets, debits, and credits as they relate to banking and problem-solving strategies. They use their math skills to...
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Checking Account and Debit Card Simulation

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
This excellent selection of worksheets walks learners through fundamental principles of personal finance and economics: writing and endorsing checks, tracking spending, and the how-to's of maintaining a checking account.
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Making it Work Together: Money and Roommates

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Balancing money and first-time roommates can feel like a daunting prospect. Support your class members in understanding how financial agreements between roommates function, as well as the underlying importance of how to communicate about...
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Planning and Money Management: Financial Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
More planning goes into a budget than a high schooler thinks. Here, they learn about the expected expenses and incomes, along with outside factors such as natural disasters. Learners prepare their own budget and adjust it based on the...
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Markup and Markdown Problems

For Teachers 7th Standards
There is a 100 percent chance this resource will help pupils connect percents to financial literacy. Young mathematicians use their knowledge of percents to find markups and markdowns in financial situations in the seventh segment in a...
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Fractional Reserve Banking Commentary 1

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
After a short review on the banking process and lending procedures, Sal outlines some of the problems and weaknesses of fractional reserve banking. Additionally, he details the differences between illiquidity and insolvency, as well as...
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Banking 5: Introduction to Bank Notes

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Sal explains the concepts of bank notes in this video, leading viewers to the natural conclusion that his illustration looks a lot like a dollar bill - and therefore, one is very much like the other. Wealth creation and the Federal...
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Banking 12: Treasuries (government debt)

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Taking viewers through the process of creating a reserve bank (Federal Reserve), Sal introduces the idea of government involvement in modern banking. Additionally, he explains the obligation of the government to cover the reserves, and...
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Banking 11: A reserve bank

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Exploring a world with more than one bank, Sal illustrates the balance sheets of each fictional bank, as well as explaining the possible problems that could result with inconsistent reserve ratios requirements. The video details how one...
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Banking 15: More on the Fed Funds Rate

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Going deeper into the concept of the Federal Funds Rate, this video guides viewers through the process of inter-bank lending, much like the previous video (Banking 14). Sal's easygoing approach is simple to understand and fun to watch.
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Budget Finances

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students role play the role of a recent graduate of high school living on their own. Using play money, they are given one month's salary and they discover they own their own house or apartment and owe money on a car loan. They develop...
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Credit

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a credit card? Don't miss this important life skills and financial literacy lesson, which focuses on consumer responsibilities, creditworthiness, and establishing a credit history.
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Personal Financial Literacy: Checking

For Teachers 10th Standards
After researching local banks and the checking account benefits offered by each, class members practice filling out a deposit slip, writing a check, and keeping a transaction register.
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Careers in Banking: Working with Exponential Growth

For Teachers 8th Standards
Emphasize the importance of investing and money management at a young age. Pupils create exponential equations to model how different investments grow. The class describes the two investments and look at the effects of the parameters of...
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Teaching Grocery Shopping Using Computer Based Instruction

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Who doesn't need to buy groceries now and then? Prepare your special needs class for an upcoming trip to the grocery store. They practice matching the words on the shopping list to images of each item. They then use their list to locate...
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Home Living / Daily Living: Shopping List

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Talk with your pupils about the importance of staying focused at the grocery store. Your special education class will discuss how to create and use a shopping list. They will make a shopping list and pretend to use it in a role-play...
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Home Living / Daily Living: Shopping List 2

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed
I've done this exercise with my special needs learners more times than I can count. They practice getting ready to shop at the grocery store by identifying items on their shopping list. They match grocery items to the proper department...
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Regions of a Grocery Store

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students participate in the development of a mock grocery store in their classroom to investigate the importance of regions. They then visit the internet site provided to compare the regions of the classroom/grocery store to regions...
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Things Fall Apart: Vocabulary

For Students 9th - 12th
What is a magic vocabulary square? Use this newly popular method of reviewing vocabulary to engage your class. There's some tricky vocabulary in Things Fall Apart; front-load words like impending, impudent, and pacified to ease the...
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Things Fall Apart: Research, Writing & Presentation Project

For Teachers 9th - 11th
A great resource for your unit on Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Small groups conduct research about related topics (list included), write papers, present PowerPoint slide shows, and take a student-created test. Fill in a few gaps to...
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Chapter 14: How Banks and Thrifts Create Money

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Teach your class about the value of a dollar in this economics presentation, which details the inner-workings of commercial banks. From reserve requirements to money expansion, these slides will clear up any misconceptions about "the...
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Traditional Versus Shadow Banking

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Here is a detailed breakdown of the traditional banking system, including the roles that intermediaries play as brokers and in making loans, as well as an introduction to the parallel system of shadow banking.
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Unit 4: Money Management - Using Bank Services

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore information about banking and banking services. They practice filling out deposits and withdrawal slips, transferring money and discover how money is transferred when making purchases. Students identify types of banks...
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The Fed Explains the Central Bank

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What does the Federal Reserve actually do? Explore the three main responsibilities of the Fed—setting monetary policy, regulating and supervising banks, and acting as a bank for the federal government—with a short and engaging video.
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The Fed Explains Regional Banks

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The Fed sounds enormous and ominous, but really, the Federal Reserve Bank is comprised of 12 reserve banks across the country. A short video introduces young economists to the duties and responsibilities of the Fed, specifically the...
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Hands on Banking

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What happens to your money between the time you make a bank deposit and the time you decide to spend it? Take middle schoolers and teens through the process of opening checking and savings accounts, creating a personal budget,...
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Budgeting Your Money

For Teachers 6th - 12th
How do you make sure that your income doesn't disappear before you have a chance to save it? Use a creative budgeting activity to teach learners in both special education and mainstream classes how to keep track of their expenditures and...
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Using Banking Services

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Using a bank is a privilege and a responsibility for young consumers. Teach them the important terms and details about creating accounts, using an ATM, and maintaining a credit card.
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Things Fall Apart: Is Okonkwo a Tragic Hero?

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Oedipus, Hamlet, Marlow, Gatsby, Okonkwo? Readers of Things Fall Apart are asked to justify Okonkwo’s classification as a tragic hero by providing examples of his noble status, the mixture of good and bad in his personality, the fatal...
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History of Money and Banking in the U.S.

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Why was there a lack of confidence in the money and banking system of the early United States government? What historical events led to the establishment of the Federal Reserve System? Here you'll find reading materials and worksheets to...
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The Fed - Helping Keep Banks Safe and Sound

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
What does an examiner look for when analyzing a bank's financial condition? In addition to learning about the 5-Cs for reviewing loans and CAMELS (capital, assets, management, earnings, liquidity, and sensitivity to risk), your learners...
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Fruit Shopping

For Students K - 1st
In this nutrition worksheet, students learn to recognize and count out fruit on a pretend shopping trip. Students color 5 different fruits the appropriate colors and count out and glue the fruit in the paper bag according to what is on...
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Finance Formulas Review Sheet

For Students 9th - 12th
Keep your finances straight—more like finance formulas straight—with a well-organized formula guide full of everything you need. Starting with simple interest and ending with future and present value, this sheet can be useful for many...
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Extra Credit: It’s No Fairy Tale

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss their knowledge of payday loans and credit cards. In this Economics instructional activity, students complete a read an article and Q&A activity in groups, and play a vocabulary bingo game and a quiz game on payday...
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Sticking to a Budget

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Set scholars up for financial success by throwing them into the hypothetical real world.
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Kindness Counts: Understanding Charitable Giving

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Financial literacy is generally focused on personal spending and saving, but consider an opportunity to talk to your pupils about how charitable giving can also factor into money management and how it can enhance life for both oneself...
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Banking 4: Multiplier effect And the money supply

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In the context of a discussion about real wealth versus the representation of wealth (money), Sal explains the multiplier effect and how 1000 pieces of gold can become 2710 pieces of gold. Viewers will appreciate the annotations and...
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Credit Cards: Is One Right for You?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars compare the pros and cons of using credit cards. In this personal finance lesson, students discuss the advantages and disadvantages of credit card use as they watch a personal finance video. Young scholars conduct searches...
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Meet Molly An American Girl

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students examine concepts of personal finance. In this personal finance instructional activity, students use Valerie Tripp's, Meet Molly, An American Girl, to learn about saving and spending after World War II. They compare financial...
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You Can BANK On This! (Part 1)

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students investigate the concepts of money management and banking through Internet activities. In this economics lesson plan, students discuss the characteristics of money and how people once bartered with goods instead of paying with...
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Spend, Save, Invest or Donate (9-12)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the concept of personal finance. In this philanthropy instructional activity, students examine decisions they make about money as they discover the definitions of philanthropy, resources, scarcity, choice, benefits,...
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Create a Budget

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students develop a budget spreadsheet to manage finances for their business.  In this finance lesson, students use a spreadsheet program to create a budget with credit and debit columns.  There are step-by-step directions for creating a...
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Talking to Teens About Money

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Your teenagers are probably very good at spending money, but how good are they at managing it? Teach class members about banking, checking accounts, interest rates, car insurance, and many other relevant concepts with a series of...
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Piggy Bank vs. Bank – Choosing and Maintaining Your Account

For Teachers 7th - 8th
New ReviewCha-ching! Using the practical resource, scholars investigate the different types of bank accounts and banking services available. Pupils view a PowerPoint, practice writing checks, and complete a checking account research project.
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I Spy...at the Grocery Store

For Students Pre-K - 1st
Take learning out into the world by asking your pupils to accompany a parent or guardian to the grocery store and complete this exercise. Kids circle the food items they see and then color them when they get back home.
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Financial Literacy - Financial Institutions

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students discuss money management, financial institutions, services offered by the various financial institutions, advantages and disadvantages of each type of institution.
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Shopping!!!

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Learners explore money management. In this financial awareness lesson plan, students are given an amount of money and a sheet of objects to choose from to buy. Learners choose only five objects they can afford to "buy."
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Budgeting for the Future

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders determine the net amount of an income for a fictional job. They must determine their net worth minus standard deductions. Students must then determine their monthly budget including, groceries, credit, and rent.
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Visiting the Arcade

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Second graders take a trip to the arcade in an activity that engages them in problem solving with money. Composed of three word problems, youngsters are instructed to determine various combinations to represent a given value by using...
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Banking for Your Future

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students get a handle on their own personal finances. They discover how banks work, how to plan and stick to a budget, and other helpful tips on managing money. They study the Federal Reserve System, which oversees the nation's banks.
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Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart: Teaching Through the Novel

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners are introduced to Chinua Achebe's first novel and to his views on the role of the writer in his or her society. It can be used alone or in conjunction with the related lesson Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart.
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Understanding Money & Banking: What is Money?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Paul McKeever, leader of Ontario's Freedom Party, discusses money and banking while driving in his car. He definitely explains things clearly, but your learners may be distracted by his lack of eye contact and the moving background.
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The American Currency Exhibit

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Examine the historical structure, the purposes, and functions of the United States monetary system. Your class engages in a scavenger hunt to compare U.S. currency notes from specific eras throughout U.S. history. They work to identify...
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"Golden" Years?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The Golden Years? Upper graders may think retirement is a long way off, but in life everything is just around the corner. They consider what it means to retire and the current trend of parents working for their Students. They research...
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Living on Your Own

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Every teen dreams of living independently, but often without thinking about the details and costs involved with moving out. Three lessons in a unit about living on your own focus on moving costs, fixed and flexible costs associated with...
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Consumer Awareness

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Keep your class consumer savvy with a set of lessons about financial awareness. Four lessons teach learners about making big purchases, shopping comparatively, using credit, finding bargains, and protecting themselves against scams and...
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Saving and Investing

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
You have to have money to make money, especially in the world of banking and investments. High schoolers learn about interest rates, saving and investment options, and ways to stay aware of their money's security and earning ability with...
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Smooth Sailing: Exploring Insurance and Estate Planning

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
While purchasing insurance and estate planning may seem like a rather irrelevant topic for high school students, introducing this concept now can help your learners develop a solid foundation of financial literacy that will support...
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Daisy Making Choices Leaf

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Shed light on the concept of financial literacy with a series of four activities that examines needs vs. wants, gives scholars the opportunity to buy products using paper money, and set goals to save money.
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Sand Art Brownies

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Which is better, Coke or Pepsi? Pupils analyze the concept of substitute goods as they investigate the choice to purchase alternate products for better prices. Fun and practical, the engaging shopping exercise helps savvy scholars get...
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A Lesson To Accompany "The First Bank of the United States: A Chapter in the History of Central Banking"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here is an interesting topic. Learners examine the economics that led to the founding of the First Bank of America. They participate in a reader's theater experience depicting the debate between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson...
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In Trouble

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Financial independence can be a dream, but it can also be a nightmare if you don't know how to stay afloat. Use a series of lessons to teach pupils about the consequences of overspending and not minding a budget, as well as how to...
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Unit on International Monetary Fund and World Bank

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the purpose of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. In this global issues instructional activity, students participate in a role play activity that requires them to make funding decisions as members of the...
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Financial Crises, Reform, and Central Banking: Establishing the Federal Reserve

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
From the First and Second Banks of the United States to the founding of the Federal Reserve, discover how the American nation attempted to reform its financial history throughout the years.
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Banking Explained – Money and Credit

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
How exactly do banks work? A short video clip explains the complex banking system in a way all young savers understand. Scholars analyze just how a bank operates and makes money by providing investment opportunities to the community....
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The World of Whyville!

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students explore money management with bank accounts. In this money management lesson, students use the program Second Life to manage a virtual checking and savings account.  Students keep a journal recording their experiences throughout...
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Learning about Money with the List-Group-and-Label Strategy

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students explore what money is and does. For this beginning economics and consumer education lesson, students work in a group to make a list of the things money can buy. Students add services to their list after the teacher prompts them...
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Why Save?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discover the value in paying themselves first. In this personal finance lesson, students discuss the concept of saving money as they study disposable income, consumption, and interest rates. Discussion questions and worksheet...
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Savings Account, Bill Paying, and Money Order Skills

For Teachers 10th - 12th
What do you do after you get a paycheck? Help your mildly disabled learners how to bank wisely with a guided-skills activity. They practice cashing checks, withdrawing money, paying bills, and procuring money orders. The entire learning...
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Cash the Check and Track the Dough

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
From checking and savings accounts to learning the importance of maintaining records and balancing a bank account, prepare your students to become financially independent and savvy adults, and explore all the intricacies of owning a bank...
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How Much Will You Have When You Retire?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine how a 401(k) plan operates. They discover the implications of retiring early or late. They use the internet to research different retirement plans. Handouts are included.
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Family Forms and Family Life Cycle

For Teachers 7th - 8th
There are so many different types of families, and each family functions in a different way. Discover the different roles, responsibilities, and relationships that develop in different family types. The lesson provides you with five...
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Comparison Shopping: Getting the Most for Your Money

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Who isn't interested in shopping for food? Set up two markets in your math class: HalfFoods and DJ's, then send the kids off to compare prices. Occasionally throw a discount into the mix! Through this experience, seventh graders practice...
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Money Management: Paying Bills

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the concept of paying bills by writing checks. They practice writing a check with the specific elements filled out correctly and then record the amount of it in the check register. Students also extend the lesson...
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Glo Goes Shopping

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Making decisions can be very difficult. Show your class one way to evaluate choices with this lesson, which is inspired by the book Glo Goes Shopping. Learners practicing using a decision-making grid with the content of the story and a...
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Shopping for a Credit Card

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young people often get themselves into trouble with credit cards because they don't fully understand interest rates, fees, etc. This activity requires teens to research and record information on three different credit cards in order to...
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Savvy Savers

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What are the benefits and risks of saving in an interest-bearing account? Pupils explore concepts like risk-reward relationship and the rule of 72, as well as practice calculating compound interest, developing important personal finance...
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Teen Game Plan

For Students 7th - 12th
Don't let the teenagers in your class begin their life without a plan. A brief but inclusive booklet takes high schoolers thorough various aspects of their lives, including financial literacy, vaccinations, and sexual health, and lets...
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Shopping for Clothing

For Students K - 8th Standards
Let's go shopping! A series of activities focus on vocabulary words related to articles of clothing and shopping for clothes. Additionally, learners complete sentences using how much and how many.
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Bank Tellers and Math

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders learn what math skills bank tellers need to do their jobs correctly.
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Making Deposits and Using Bank Registers

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students practice using money in a mock bank activity.  In this economics lesson, students simulate walking into a bank, making a deposit and keeping track of their balance with their classmates.  Students practice their adding and...
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Things Fall Apart: Graphic Organizer

For Students 10th - 12th
Can two cultures live together successfully? After reading Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, have your class complete the graphic organizer included. They compare different cultures and brainstorm how different pairs could live...
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Things Fall Apart: Years of Exile

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
After completing Part Two of Things Fall Apart, readers are asked to record important events that occur during Okonkwo’s seven year exile, and to explain why these events are important to the novel as a whole. The graphic organizer, part...
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Things Fall Apart: Character Guide

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Keeping track of who’s who in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart can be a challenge. Provide readers with a Character Guide that lists the major characters, a pronunciation key for these names, and includes room for descriptions and...
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Things Fall Apart: A Man of Prestige

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Good characters are complex and their actions contradictory. Readers of Things Fall Apart are asked to record details from the first four chapters of Chinua Achebe’s novel that indicate Okonkwo’s achievements and status, as well as...
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Things Fall Apart: Proverbs De-Mystified

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
”Proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.” Proverbs from Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart are the focus of a worksheet that ask groups to examine a series of proverbs taken from the novel. Prior to reading, the groups...
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Teaching Basic Banking Principles

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students listen to the story, "Recollections of Pine Gulch, 1840-1860" to determine how banks "create" money, what reserves are, and what a "run" on a bank is.
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Advanced Crossword Puzzle - Banking

For Students 5th - 8th
In this banking crossword puzzle worksheet, students use the 10 clues to fill in the blanks in the crossword puzzle with the appropriate answers.
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Advanced Matching - Finances

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this financial terms worksheet, students draw a line from the financial terms on the left to their matching meaning on the right. There are 15 terms and definitions to match up.
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Money Management

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young scholars choose an occupation and set up a paper family and household. They create a monthly budget, pay monthly bills and file taxes. They practice math skills using financial information and view money as a resource. They create...