Investment and Savings Teacher Resources

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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.
Learners explore the concept of personal finances. In this personal finances lesson, students identify their income and expenses. Learners create a budget for their spending, saving, investing, and donating habits. Students draw graphs to represent their budgets.
Young scholars 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.
Students explore saving and investing money.  In this middle school personal finance instructional activity, students define and use investment vocabulary, explore compound interest and its effect of savings, and compute simple and compound interest.  Students compare and contrast annual percentage rate and annual percentage yield. 
Eighth graders explore the basics about investing in the stock market, begin to see how the knowledge of decimals, fraction, and percents can be applied to financial profit or loss if investing in the market, and track their stocks using newspapers or Internet.
Young scholars read an article about how many firms are turning to private investors for more money. As a class, they discuss the differences between selling stocks of a company and selling the company. In groups, they create a list of dangers that companies should be aware of when investing private money to purchase a company. They write an essay supporting or opposing the government regulating ways people invest private money.
Eighth graders explore the concept of outside investments. In this West Virginia history instructional activity, 8th graders research and debate the outside investments and their impact on the state.
Students examine the process of investing in a franchise. They identify the postives and negatives of a franchise and whether this business option would fit their needs. Researching opportunities, they select one that would be appropriate for their community.
Young scholars write a feature article and create a visual display explaining how teens can save or invest their money wisely. They research ways to earn interest in today's economy, even if you don't have much money. Students use Internet resources and local experts.
Students choose stocks from thousands of companies by using a tool called a stock screener to select stocks that fit their investing criteria, such as price-to-earnings ratio, earnings growth, and the past year performance.
Young scholars understand the difference between primary and secondary stock markets. Through the activities in this lesson, students predict the next best time to invest in IPOs for the Global Stock Game.
For this interest and investment worksheet, students are given investment information and total earnings for two accounts which pay different interest rates. From information given, students determine the amount invested at each interest rate. This one-page worksheet contains two story problems.
Students use information from the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India Web site to explore the Indian economy and environment for business investment, then write a business proposal.
Eighth graders create and maintain a spreadsheet budget based on a predetermined salary. They have an opportunity to make "investments and purchases." Budget records be kept for an imaginary 4 month period.
Students investigate the stock market.  In this middle school, year-long mathematics lesson, students design, build and sell a house to simulate the investment of profits into the stock market.  Students use skills with fractions, decimals, and percents as they keep track of their money.    
Students pretend they are stockbrokers. In this algebra lesson, students define stock, share, profit and loss as they work with money and investments. They find ways to make a profit with their investments and applying math to the real world.
Students 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.
Learners explore the investments undertaken by the "thrillionaire" Paul G. Allen, and propose future areas of high-tech scientific investment for Mr. Allen to pursue.
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.
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.