Investment and Savings Teacher Resources
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Invest in Yourself
Pupils develop the concept of finances. In this finance lesson, students watch a video called, "Moving Out." Pupils calculate the finances of a character in the video. Students experience various budget scenarios such as earning debt, breaking even, and saving money.
Is ATP Worth the Investment?
Students study ATP and examine the concepts of cost using financial tables. In this investigative lesson students complete a worksheet and study cost, revenue and return.
PLANNING A DIVERSIFIED INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO
Twelfth graders research stocks and how to read and interpret financial data. They choose 5 companies to invest in and track their performance over 10 weeks. They create a spreadsheet which shows the results.
Invest in Your Education
Learners explore the concept of budgeting. In this budgeting lesson, students are given a budget in which they must purchase classroom objects such as desks, chairs, calculators, and others. Learners apply discounts to the items. Students discuss the meaning of an item being a certain percentage off.
What is Your Future Worth?
Students use the "StocksQuest Calculator" to calculate the future value of an investment. They compare and contrast investing in the S&P 500 to CDs, T-bonds or bank accounts.
How to Protect Your Money
Students review the basics of investing. They discuss saving strategies and investing fundamentals. Afterward, they consider a scenario from different investment perspectives.
Time Value of Money
Pupils are introduced to the time value of money. Using different scenerios, they discover the advantages to receiving money in a lump sum rather than over time. They identify their opportunity cost of each scenerio and their trade-offs. They calculate the amount of money they would make if they invest their money.
Who Wants to Be a Thrillionaire?
Students explore the investments undertaken by the "thrillionaire" Paul G. Allen, and propose future areas of high-tech scientific investment for Mr. Allen to pursue.
Stock Market Price History
Students use the internet to trace the history of stocks on the Dow Jones 30. They describe how different factors like inflation and taxes impact the returns on stocks. Using investment numbers, they calculate the real and nominal returns. In groups, they create a table comparing the two numbers and they discuss the results.
Money, Commercial Banking, and Interest
Stdents explore the operation of the commercial banking system and the mechanics of money creation through the lending process. They investigate various interest rates to develop the relationship between interest rates and risk and between between interest rates, investment, and economic growth.
Where Does All the Money Go?
Learners explore the concept of uses for money. In this uses for money lesson plan, students discuss ways in which money can be utilized such as spending, saving, investing, donating, etc. Learners discuss the differences between needs and wants. Students use pie charts of money distributions to help with their discussions.
Students read an article that compares the provinces of Canada and asks students to suggest reasons why other countries should invest in Canada.
Lesson Plan: (Stock Market Investigation)
Students simulate making a $100,000 investment in the stock market following a specific set of criteria. They track the stocks for two months, buying and selling stocks in a diversified portfolio.
Economics: Making Millions in the Market
Students investigate the principle of market efficiency and discover the importance of long-term investments theory. They explain the difference between a buy and hold method versus a market timing investment strategy. Students conclude with an interactive activity and decide on an investment course of action after examining stock graphs.
Banking on the Future: Penny Drive
Young scholars study why philanthropy is needed and learn to complete a penny drive. In this philanthropy activity, students learn the need to invest money for future purposes and identify a cause in the community to hold a penny drive for.
Retirement: Show Me the Money!
Learners explore the concept of retirement finances. In this retirement finances lesson, students discuss what it means to save, invest, risk, or the time value of money. Learners play the stock market game. Students interview a parent or grandparent about retirement preparation.
Students participate in investments. They purchase property for future financial return or benefit. They discover a stock strategy in which you own stock and write (sell) a call at the next strike price above the current stock value.
Rags to Riches or Riches to Rags?
Young scholars write an expository essay discussing how to apply interest formulas to their investments.
Researching Stocks on New York Stock Exchange
Sixth graders research to find background information and stock history over the last year about a company listed on the NYSE. They evaluate whether or not they should "invest" in that company. They write a persuasive essay outlining why the class should invest in that company.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Pupils explore the history of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Using the internet, they discover how the idea of Jim Crow kept African-Americans from gaining economic prosperity. They explain how an investment in human capital and a willingness to seek out new opportunities allowed for the African-American middle class to form.