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This simple activity requires class members to consider the importance of money management as an individual, and also in other roles (parent, business owner, etc.). They brainstorm a list of indicators of effective money management, and then work in small groups to determine the negative outcomes from irresponsible finance skills. The necessary handouts are included.
Where does money come from? If your class can't answer this question (beyond "my parents"), this presentation will be a timely and appropriate way to teach them. Details about currency, money supply, and the banking system, help explain the concept of money and its purpose in society. A list of key terms can serve as a great review tool as well.
Who doesn't need to buy groceries now and then? Prepare your special needs class for an upcoming trip to the grocery store. They practice matching the words on the shopping list to images of each item. They then use their list to locate the 12 items at a local grocery store. The lesson is well done but could be problematic for some learners because they don't actually buy the items, they may become upset or confused by the process.
Talk with your pupils about the importance of staying focused at the grocery store. Your special education class will discuss how to create and use a shopping list. They will make a shopping list and pretend to use it in a role-play activity. Tip: Have non-readers use picture cards and velcro to make a shopping list they can take with them to the store.
Even your best readers will be challenged by this passage from Charles Dickens’ "Gin Shops." In order to correctly answer the questions on the reading comprehension quiz, they will need to not only read the passage carefully, but also use the links provided to access necessary background information.
Read a sample of creative descriptive writing to your science class. Discuss how writing can be used to record and communicate observations that scientists make. Reading selections and thought-provoking questions are suggested. Also included are a sensory observation sheet for elementary learners and a sensory detail word bank for middle and high schoolers. Take your class outdoors to practice writing, or give them interesting objects to describe. This is a terrific exercise in encouraging junior scientists to pay attention to detail.
Budgeting is a necessary skill. Have your learners use this resource to create and follow a $1,000 budget for Christmas shopping. They complete problems involving subtraction, multiplication, and addition of decimals, and use higher-level thinking skills to interpret their answers for word problems.
Students explore the purpose of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. In this global issues lesson plan, students participate in a role play activity that requires them to make funding decisions as members of the World Bank. Students also complete discussion questions about the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Brief.
Students explore online banking. In this online banking lesson, students discuss identity theft, direct deposit, encryption, and the Federal Reserve System. Students participate in a game show activity where students ask and answer questions about what they have learned.
Learners investigate the importance of financial planning. In this middle school Mathematics/Life Skills lesson, students explore the difference between need and wants and the importance of goal setting. Learners also examine the six stage of the decision-making process.