Investment and Savings Teacher Resources
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Simple and Compound Interest
In this simple and compound interest worksheet, students find the ending balance to simple interest problems. They determine the total value of investments compounded over a period of years. This four-page worksheet contains 20 interest problems. Answers are provided on the last two pages.
Careers in banking: Working with exponential growth
Eighth graders review the information provided on careers in banking and the equation for exponential growth. In this exponential growth instructional activity, 8th graders solve problems related to careers in banking. Students discuss and solve the equations as they relate to the career information. Students also use the table function on their graphing calculators to plot each investment pair.
Wealth Destruction 1
What happens when a homeowner is paying more towards a loan than the house is actually worth? In a timely look at the housing bubble (and its inevitable pop), Sal examines five hypothetical home purchases from 1995 and their notional wealth as the demand for homes increases a decade later. Learners are introduced to home equity loans and the realities of foreclosure.
Can looking at price per share tell a buyer the value of a stock? Not necessarily, Sal explains as he calculates the price to earnings ratio to demonstrate this relativity. He reminds learners to consider the source of a company's reported earnings per share, in this case the trailing 12-month earnings. He compares two companies, explaining the meaning of the resulting ratios and how they can change from year to year. Sal also outlines stock trends as a reason to invest in a high P/E ratio company. Finally, he briefly breaks down the reduced value of future earnings and explains the standard 10 times price to earnings based on an earnings stream and inflation. This last part will require more explanation on your part, as it isn't comprehensively explained.
Spend, Save, Invest or Donate
Students explore the concept of philanthropy. In this service learning activity, students discover the world of personal finance and examine the choice that they make concerning their money.
Spend, Save, Invest or Donate (9-12)
Students explore the concept of personal finance. In this philanthropy lesson plan, students examine decisions they make about money as they discover the definitions of philanthropy, resources, scarcity, choice, benefits, costs, opportunity cost, interest, interest rate, principal, simple interest, compound interest, and compounding.
Personal Finance: Buying Into the System
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.
It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Eleventh graders are provided with an overview of the saving and investing process, how interest rates impact the decisions that savers and borrowers make and examines how the economic choices individuals make lead to certain positive and negative consequences.
In this interest problem worksheet, students read investment problems and determine necessary information. They compute the amount of simple interest earned, find the principal, or determine the time. They identify the principal, interest, and rate. This three-page worksheet contains explanations, examples and eight problems. Answers are provided at the bottom of the page.
Budget and Spending
Young scholars analyze and create a budget. In this algebra lesson, students create a budget based on their income and spending. They control their investments, personal accounts, and create graphs and charts to show their spending.
Buy Low, Sell High
Young scholars investigate the stock market and investing in corporate stocks by creating an investment portfolio. They develop database worksheets that track their stock's performance over a specified period of time. Students use their stock data to create a performance report.
What Can You Do With Money?
Students watch a Biz Kidz video about money, learn what they can do with money, and fill out worksheets on what they learn. Students learn about spending, saving, donating, and investing.
Students analyze the performance of their portfolio investments to learn students should not be driven by short term gains and losses. In this portfolio investments activity, students view the investment portfolios and answer the given questions as well as complete the table. Students finish with three final questions.
Dot-Com Gives Small Investors a Leg Up
Young scholars explore the concept of investing in stocks. In this investing in stocks instructional activity, students discuss how on-line stock traders have helped people save money. Young scholars discuss ways in which companies can make a product or service more available to average Americans.
Economic Growth Factors
Students identify one or more factors that contribute to real economic growth, including at least one investment each in human capital, physical capital, and technology, explain how technological changes and investments in capital can result in real economic growth, and read articles and underline text from at least three newspapers identifying factors contributing to real economic growth.
Learning to Spend, Learning to Give
Students explore the concept of personal finances. In this personal finances instructional activity, students identify their income and expenses. Students create a budget for their spending, saving, investing, and donating habits. Students draw graphs to represent their budgets.
We Seed Users
Students read comments posted by We Seed users about the companies they invested in, posttheir own comments, and adjust their Portfolios. In this investment lesson, students visit the websites of five companies they've invested in and post comments. Students view the other We Seed comments about their investments. Students answer 5 worksheet questions.
How Do You Profit From Trading Stocks?
Young scholars calculate gains and losses of stock portfolios. Although the Global Stock Game (GSG) calculates profits and losses automatically, students should learn the basic math skills in calculating their stock investment the old-fashioned way.
Henry Ford and the Model T: A Case Study in Productivity (Part 2)
Students examine the history of the Ford Motor Company. Using that information, they describe how Ford was able to produce a car affordable by the masses using mass production. They research how Ford's investment in goods and human capital improved the productivity of the plant.
Malaysia: Foreign Investment Returns
Students examine the Malaysian economy and the effect of the SARS epidemic. They conduct research, write an editorial evaluating Malaysia's proposed budget for 2004, and develop an advertising campaign to promote business in Malaysia.