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The class will first consider personal money management and budgeting. They will then turn the tables and use their skills to budget for philanthropic ventures, developing a service project to support a local non-profit organization. This resource includes all materials, including handouts and key words.
Learners discuss personal finance and create personal budgets. They discuss the importance of managing their money and how money management skills impact their future. Note: This lesson is intended for use with a SMART Board and references specific software, which is not included.
Enhance your high schoolers' time/money management and study skills. In each of three sessions, they examine their current habits and practice new strategies to best use their time and money, and to study most effectively. A service component focuses on how personal behavior affects the common good. Money management skills are applied to planning a fundraising event. Handouts need reformatting to be printable.
Learners explore money management skills and economics thru a creative project where students earn "money" for their assigned "jobs." They keep track of their income and expenses in a transaction record and explore the Excel money management software.
Learners explore the world of personal finance, credit, and money management. They use car payment data based on credit history to better understand borrowing, lending, and making financial choices.
Students manage fake money by paying their $100 if they are late, turn assignments in late, talk out of turn, and more. In this money management lesson plan, students with the most money at the end of 2 weeks get a prize.
Help your class understand the importance of saving and managing their money. Here is part three to a unit on credit, cash, and savings. Learners discuss savings accounts and the idea that a budget plan can help them avoid costly credit cards. Lesson three focuses on the impact of both savings accounts and credit cards. 
Young scholars learn about finance and money management and use math to solve problems, communicate, and explore real life situations as they deal with banks. For this financial management lesson, students apply their math skills to real life scenarios through role play and online resources.
Learners illustrate personal money management strategies.  In this investigative instructional activity students create their own poster board with different columns for money spent. 
Second graders use The Berenstain Bears' to learn about money management. In this money management lesson, 2nd graders read The Berenstain Bears' Dollars and Sense book and complete the 'Rainy Day' worksheet. Students then discuss the economic concept of managing money and write proverbs about managing money. Students practice writing money and complete the 'Find the Difference' worksheet.
Ninth graders examine money management. They study percentages, inequalities, fixed and variable expense calculations in order to develop an understanding of how these concepts apply to budgeting a lifestyle for a specific career.
Some ads really make products look great, and even better than they really are! Kids get into small groups to research and compare marketing used by various cell phone companies. They analyze advertisements, carrier options, and cell phone plans. Multiple links to this and other related lessons are included. They can be mixed and matched to construct an entire consumer education unit.
High schoolers compare and contrast the prices of various food items at different grocery stores using newspaper advertisements. Students discuss the benefits and drawbacks of shopping around for items that fit within their monthly budget.
Students explore information about banking and banking services. They practice filling out deposits and withdrawal slips, transferring money and discover how money is transferred when making purchases. Students identify types of banks and practice opening, using, and balancing checking and savings accounts. In addition, they make decisions regarding credit cards, debit cards, and pay bills.
In this money management worksheet, 11th graders are provided with a game board.  Students follow the given directions as they move around a "Monopoly" type game board.
In this money management learning exercise, students consider the benefits of savings account as they read a brief story and respond to 5 fill in the blank questions.
Students review responsibilities people have of their own finances, consequences of poor money management, excessive debt, and bankruptcy.
This is part of a larger unit on cars (financing, insurance, budget, etc.). Before comparison shopping for their ideal car, teens fill out a survey on their transportation preferences. In related lessons, they consider financing, insurance, and car maintenance as they make their decision. This is not recommended as a stand-alone activity, but is an important component of the larger unit which is easily accessible from this web page.
Helping adolescents make sound financial choices with effective, accurate cost comparisons is especially important considering how much marketing is directed their way. Make use of varied technology to keep them engaged: text polling, podcast, online ad shopping, interactive games, and online assessment. Links to all of these options are included. They learn and practice comparing the cost of items with different unit sizes, beginning with a single candy bar and a bag of the same candy, that pique their interest as they enter the room!
Learners identify the role of money in everyday life. In this algebra lesson, students discuss the benefits of having a savings account. They practice making deposits and withdrawals from their bank accounts and discuss good financila choices.