Investment and Savings Teacher Resources

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Students use a decision-making model as they make simulated choices about their future education. In this decision-making instructional activity, students read a book about Michael Jordan and discuss choices he made. Then, students examine how their choices represent an investment in human capital. Groups build a tower with paper cups and are given physical handicaps based on investments in human capital through their higher education.
Students examine what might be in store for Wall Street following the NASDAQ's 547.57 point plunge on Tuesday, April 4, 2000. They evaluate how they might manage a heavily laden high-tech portfolio before deciding how to invest in the market.
How to leverage cultural background knowledge to increase student investment.
Students 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 instructional activity, 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.
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.
Learners investigate percents and interest. In this algebra lesson, 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.
Learners 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, 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. For 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 learning exercise, 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 learning exercise 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 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.
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.