Investment and Savings Teacher Resources

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Students explore the concept of philanthropy. For this personal finance lesson, students consider economic choices and why people donate to causes. Students investigate the processes of borrowing money and investing money in the lesson as well.
Learners investigate and model how to invest money. In this business lesson, students investigate 4 methods to investment. They discuss risky and safe investment.  
Twelfth graders perform basic calculations for saving and investment strategies. they simulate the investment of $1,000 in the stock market and savings account. they determine which pays the greater dividend.
With Salman Khan's valuable opinions on this topic, students will consider the significant financial responsibilities that will have consequences. personal implications. This introduce the factor of investment banks and their interaction with the banks that offer the individual loans.
Students explore the concept of philanthropy. In this philanthropy lesson, students read an article about Google and its philanthropic endeavors. Students discuss companies that they believe would benefit from a charitable investment from the Google Foundation.
It takes money to make money. A penny saved is a penny earned. Your algebra financiers cooperatively explore investing by choosing between some investment options online. Young investors use a compound interest simulator to predict their financial future and the financial pitfalls of using a credit card. Continuous growth models are compared to compound interest models as the learners explore science examples.  Ultimately your algebra investors apply their new skills to make wise financial investments.
Many math concepts are covered through this resource: percentages, decimals, ratios, exponential functions, graphing, rounding, order of operations, estimation, and solving equations. Colorful worksheets and a link to a Google search for fractals images are included. Note that the lesson plan states it is the second of five lessons in an investing unit, but the other pieces were not located on the publisher's website. The lesson does, however, hold plenty of value on its own.
Students examine stock market returns from an historical perspective and explain key statistics used in estimating stock values. They participate in an investment simulation beginning with $100 to either invest in the market or place in a savings account. Students discover the difficulties inherent in stock market investments.
Students are introduced to how the Stock Market operates. In groups, they participate in a scenerio in which they are given a specific amount of money to invest in any way they see fit. They use different resources to record their investments and returns.
Students compare the landscapes of Mars and Earth and explore why the two planets are so different. They conclude by writing letters convincing fictitious family friends that it is probably not a good idea to invest in Martian real estate.
Tenth graders explore how companies can be publicly held corporations through stock. They explore how private individuals invest in these companies in hopes that these companies make a profit or in time make a profit.

New! Opportunity Cost

10th - 12th
Would you rather eat a peanut butter cup or a Milky Way bar? Would you rather listen to rap or rock music today? These are a few of the questions your learners will approach as they consider the concept of opportunity cost, and before delving into the world of investments and compounded interest.
By studying Benjamin Franklin's work as a printer, your class will have a fantastic opportunity to learn about the economic concepts of entrepreneurship, human capital, and investment. 
Here is a very unique activity in which learners simulate operations of a fractional reserve banking system, ultimately gaining a better understanding of how banks work and process money creation through lending. It includes a Story of Banks comic book with guided reading questions, financial investments and bank scavenger hunt WebQuest, and all instructional materials needed for the simulation. 
Students review pages in the text to find out what was happening in each of the areas. They use the "Investment Opportunities Game Sheet" to record their investments, assume an investor identity, which influence how they choose to invest $1,000.
This video will help students understand valuation of loans, and why people chose to invest in derivatives. Sal explains the levels of investment and names of specific tranches.
This video will help students understand valuation of loans, and why people chose to invest in derivatives. Sal explains the levels of investment and names of specific tranches.
Investigate the current financial market and have your class explore savings, borrowing, financial markets, mutual funds, and the stock market. This four-part lesson is designed to help students become knowledgeable and informed consumers.
How well would your students fair while competing in the stock market? They complete an interactive exercise in which they try to make money in the stock market. Using the internet, they complete an online tour of the market from World War II through 2001, practice using different strategies to make the most money, and discover the effect of timing in making their decisions. This is part 3 to a full 3 part unit on market economy, parts 1 and 2 are available through this URL.
Students study the New York Stock Exchange and track stock prices throughout the school year. They create a stock portfolio with at spreadsheet program and produce quarterly graphs of their stocks performance.