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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.
Study Skills, Time, and Money Management
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.
Money Management Part I: Money and You: An Introduction to Money Management and Budgeting
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.
Students 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.
Being a Wise Borrower: Managing Your Money
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.
Money Management Part III: Savings Accounts and Cash vs. Credit
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.
The Business of Interest
Students 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.
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.
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.
Students illustrate personal money management strategies. In this investigative lesson students create their own poster board with different columns for money spent.
Managing My Money
Second graders use The Berenstain Bears' to learn about money management. In this money management lesson plan, 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.
Unit 4: Money Management - Using Bank Services
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.
Careers Lesson: Budget Analysis
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.
Money Management Board Game
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.
Vehicle Comparison Shopping
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.
Becoming a Wise Consumer: Comparison Shopping
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!
You'd Better Shop Around
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.
Banking 8: Reserve Ratios
Addressing the concept of reserve ratios, Sal outlines the necessity and purpose of regulating the reserves within the banking system. He describes how an ideal banking system stays liquid, whereas a chaotic banking system might experience a bank run. This video would be ideal in an economics lecture, or even in a history class addressing the bank runs during the Great Depression.
Banking 6: Bank Notes And Checks
Why carry around a heavy suitcase full of gold when you can write a check to your neighbor in the village? Sal's village banks flourishes in this video with the introduction of checks, demonstrating how a check essentially works. While this video is helpful for those interested in economics, anyone who is about to gain access to a checking account could use the lesson provided here.
Banking 12: Treasuries (government debt)
Taking viewers through the process of creating a reserve bank (Federal Reserve), Sal introduces the idea of government involvement in modern banking. Additionally, he explains the obligation of the government to cover the reserves, and why bonds issued by the government are risk-free.