Investment and Savings Teacher Resources
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Learners create a functional living space using drafting materials. They determine building costs for their house and property. They simulate investment of the profits in the stock market.
Students differentiate between saving and investing money. In this algebra lesson, students compare different investment options, recognizing the risks and rewards of investing and integrate investing into their financial planning.
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 aspects of economic literacy and create financial plans that include graphs representing their decisions. Weblinks and 7 different handouts are included in this very complete and comprehensive lesson.
Middle schoolers participate in activities that teach them how to manage money. For 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.
Students investigate percents and interest. In this algebra lesson plan, students invest money in a bank account and calculate the interest rate they receive over time. They convert percents to decimals and solve problems using percents.
Eighth graders review the information provided on careers in banking and the equation for exponential growth. In this exponential growth lesson, 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.
Investigate the stock market as it relates to the business world. Young scholars investigate ways to invest their money for the future. They make a presentation and discuss their findings with the class.
Students build a budget. In this philanthropy lesson, students write a personal budget that includes spending, saving, investing, and donating. Student philanthropists donate money to charities.
Students compare prices of popular items of late 1920s to cost of those items presently, determine which companies are best in which to invest, analyze causes and consequences of stock market crash of 1929, and evaluate significance of the New Deal.
Students explore money. In this money lesson plan, students gain knowledge on how to save, invest, and spend money. Students participate in an activity where they must decide how to use their money. Students then compare the different ways they used their money.
Students explore reasons for and solutions to unemployment. In this unemployment lesson plan, students make a list of luxury goods and discuss why sales of luxury goods would slump in times of unemployment. They then would explore infrastructure and why it would be invested in unemployment. After, they would explore different community's unemployment rates, and come up with solutions to it by creating a "town meeting" in the classroom.
Although designed as an assessment, consider using this resource as the basis for a lesson on reading comprehension strategies or as a practice exercise. The five multiple choice questions, based on a short passage about stock market investing, are followed by a richly detailed answer and explanation key. Groups could discuss strategies they used to answer the questions and then compare theirs to those suggested by the resource.
In this simple and compound interest activity, 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 activity contains 20 interest problems. Answers are provided on the last two pages.
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.
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 activity, 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 activity contains explanations, examples and eight problems. Answers are provided at the bottom of the page.
Students 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.
Learners 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.
Middle schoolers explore the concept of personal finances. In this personal finances lesson, students identify their income and expenses. Middle schoolers create a budget for their spending, saving, investing, and donating habits. Students draw graphs to represent their budgets.