Consumer Math and Personal Finance Teacher Resources
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The message that buying things brings happiness is everywhere. Teenagers are not immune to this marketing strategy and benefit from reflecting on the relentless pressure to spend. This exercise invites young adults to consider the value of items purchased on credit, and what is truly priceless. Note that this is just one of many high-quality lessons related to personal finance, independent living, etc. This site provides access to the related resources.
Find the Fees
Before teens head off to college or the workforce, they need to understand the world of credit. Here, they look online at credit card agreements to find hidden fees and rates. The online activity guides them through and even assesses them at the end. If you are teaching one or more units on personal finance, this resource is bound to be useful. Check out the links to the related topics/resources.
The Credit Safari
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 first credit card for college expenses.
Learners identify and define the various types of credit cards and credit card offers. In this credit cards lesson, students identify the pros and cons of managing a credit card account. Learners locate information on the Federal Reserves Web site and use the information to answer the worksheet included. Students also compare and contrast various credit cards and decide which card would be the best for them.
Second graders understand that prices change. In this business, price and labor lesson plan, 2nd graders define the words market and price. Students read Arthur's Funny Money and answer questions related to earning and spending money. Students complete a worksheet about Arthur's bike wash.
Money Smart children
Students elementary financial vocabulary words: spend, save, invest and donate. In this finance instructional activity, students respond to the story "Sam and the Lucky Moon." Students describe the concepts of wants and needs, resources, scarcity, opportunity and cost. Students define spend, save, invest and donate.
A Car for College?
In this budgeting lesson, students use given income and expenses to create a chart and decide if they can afford a car. Web research is used to find current prices for each expense and selected terms and concepts. Students create a PowerPoint presentation as a final project.
The Bank of Good Habits
Students explore investing and saving. In this investing lesson plan, students identify their own financial goals and hurdles to success, calculate interest, and simulate banking and investing transactions. Incentive certificates, a quiz, and word problems are included.
Savings Accounts and Interest
First graders study money, banks, and getting interest on money. In this consumer math lesson, 1st graders listen to Stan and Jan Berenstain's, Berenstain Bears' Trouble With Money. They use the concepts in the book to discuss responsible money management. They work in small groups to understand the concept of getting interest on their money.
Students demonstrate how to count money through a simulated shopping experience. In this consumer math lesson, students read the book Just Shopping With Mom and count play money to illustrate how much the items in the book cost.
You can Bank on It: The Basics of Banking
Young scholars explore types of financial institutions. In this Consumer Math/Economics lesson, students investigate the functions and services of different types of financial institutions and how thy work for individuals and businesses.
Saving Power = Spending Power
Students explore different methods of saving. In this Economics/Consumer Math instructional activity, students use follow-along worksheets to calculate simple and compound interest and explore and compare different methods of saving.
Students examine the concepts of trade-offs and opportunity cost to decide between savings accounts with simple interest and those with compound interest. They calculate interest earned on account balances while working in groups and make a decision on which is the best option.
M & M Interesting
Middle schoolers compute and collect interest payments in the form of M&M candies. In this mathematics lesson, students work in small groups to compute either simple or compound interest. They compare the growth of their accounts after six cycles. A recommendation to "pay" the middle schoolers in M&M candies is made to make the lesson more interesting for the students.
Let’s Get Financially Focused
High schoolers get financially fit. In this economics lesson plan, student participate in a series of activities that challenge them to understand how to use credit.
Short-Term and Long-Term Savings Goals
Fifth graders discover how saving money can apply to their lives. In this personal finance instructional activity, 5th graders use the book The Leaves in October, as a conversation starter on income, savings and setting goals. Students explore the difference between long-term and short-term goals and practice using a savings account passbook. This instructional activity consists of one whole group activity and two small group activities.
Money and Credit: Making Good Decisions
Students participate in activities that teach them how to manage money. In this managing money lesson plan, students set long and short term goals for economic success by having discussions, identifying benefits of saving, and investigating investments.
To Spend or Not to Spend
Eleventh graders are given an overview and explaination of the budeting process, and examine how the economic choices individuals make can lead to certain positive and negative consequences. They are shown the PreAssessment prompt and they write their responses. Students have a discussion based on the prompt
Banking for Your Future
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.
Meet Molly An American Girl
Students examine concepts of personal finance. In this personal finance lesson, students use Valerie Tripp's, Meet Molly, An American Girl, to learn about saving and spending after World War II. They compare financial decisions after World War II with those made in contemporary society.