Basic Life Skills Teacher Resources

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Sometimes the most important things teachers can teach their students are life skills.
In this life skills worksheet, students learn how to understand and express their emotions. They then answer the 10 questions in the packet.
Help your learners gain valuable knowledge about life by creating a useful book that everyone can benefit from!
Students are provided an avenue to express his/her understanding of the life skills being taught and connect the life and times of Harry Truman to the life skills being taught for the purpose of adding relevance for each student.
What are the "hidden" costs of owning a car such as the license tags, gas, and maintenance? High schoolers will learn the reasons car owners have to pay the car tax to keep cars registered. They will also discover the expense of gas/week. They research the cost of tune-ups and oil changes and compute the costs of buying and maintaining a $5,000 car for three years.
In this advertising worksheet, students learn about food advertisements, including jingles, images, products, animation and more. They then complete the 3 activities in which they create their own product, spokes-character and jingle.
Young scholars practice developing budgets. In this financial awareness lesson, students read The Monster Money Book and list ways the characters saved money in the story. Young scholars plan a budget and demonstrate how to look for bargains when they shop.
Fifth graders practice adding and subtracting dollars and cents in a dice game based on earning and spending money.  In this shopping spree instructional activity, 5th graders work in pairs, roll dice to earn money, then write down items from a catalog to spend money.  Students win by calculating correctly, buying the most items and having the least money left over.
Independent living skills and skills that can be used to gain employment are very important for any learner. Teens with visual impairments explore the kitchen to understand what everything is and what it all does. The lesson includes a variety of ideas that will foster confidence and safety in the kitchen environment. Sequencing, motor development, and measurement are also covered in the lesson. 
Eleventh graders confront basic personal finance choices they will face throughout their lives. There is a natural progression to the lessons, beginning with career choices, leading into budgeting and planning, and ending with the impact of credit and long-term savings and investing.
Students accurately assess their own income taxes using actual tax forms. They read and fill out the proper forms.
There is no more useful life skill to learn, than budgeting and setting financial goals. It's math that is used by every person, everyday. Learners examine the responsibilities and costs involved in family economics. Through a series of interviews, problem-solving activities, and research assignments they'll understand how to set goals and create a family budget.
Middle schoolers need to learn how to make their money work for them. From engaging in the lesson presented here, they will gain an understanding of investment vocabulary, how compound interest works, and will compute simple and compound interest in simulated investment scenarios. The lesson is a fine example of how to build real-life skills into your daily teaching. A terrific teaching idea!
Elementary schoolers explore the concepts associated with comparison shopping, and the concept of need versus want. They also look closely at the power of advertising and become more aware of the messages that ads present. After taking part in the activities in the instructional activity, pupils take a final 10-question quiz that assesses what they have learned from engaging in the instructional activity. Very good!
Fifth graders  increase their adding and subtraction skills using dollars and cents by playing a game..  In this money lesson, 5th graders have previously read Crazy Dice.  Students are provided a time to earn money.  The students who earns the most and buys the most items is the winner of the game.
High schoolers create their own Internet business based on data they find concerning trends in Internet shopping. They discuss advantages and disadvantages to selling specific products and/or services over the Internet.
Fourth graders calculate savings and identify the best value items from a list of products. They rotate through five studying stations, completing various math activities involving calculators and solving problems related to shopping and prices of items.
Students explore shopping vocabulary. In this ELL speaking lesson, students guess words that would be on a shopping list, identify or define words related to shopping, take a shopping survey, and read related text aloud.
When you cook with your class, you build community while improving language arts and math skills.
Take your students on an imaginary shopping trip to practice math and other skills.