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Students investigate how the economy works by role playing in their class. For this money management lesson, students read parts from a script for use in a role playing lesson simulating the Federal Reserve and their payment processing. Students complete a worksheet based on purchasing decisions and methods of payment.
Balancing a Budget
Students investigate money management. In this secondary mathematics lesson, students participate in a cost-of-living budget simulation in which they calculate monthly and yearly projected costs. Students investigate housing cost, automobile payments, and career choices.
Elementary schoolers explore the concepts associated with comparison shopping, and the concept of need versus want. They also look closely at the power of advertising and become more aware of the messages that ads present. After taking part in the activities in the lesson, pupils take a final 10-question quiz that assesses what they have learned from engaging in the lesson. Very good!
Kermit the Hermit
Students consider money management. In this personal finances lesson, students read Kermit the Hermit and discuss what was done with the unexpected money that Kermit received. Students examine methods of saving money and earning interest.
The Berenstain Bears' Mad, Mad, Mad Toy Craze
Young scholars explore personal finances. In this money management lesson plan, students read The Berenstain Bears' Mad, Mad, Mad Toy Craze. Young scholars examine the spending habits of Brother Bear and Sister Bear. Students analyze opportunity costs as well.
Students create a PowerPoint presentation and a pie chart of a budget for a given scenario. For this budgeting and money management lesson, students discuss credit ratings and good consumer decisions. Students work in groups to make a budget for a family scenario with a given gross income.
Dream Phone of Basic Phone?
Learning to be a savvy shopper can make or break the bank. Upper graders research five different cell phone carriers to see if they'll have enough money in their imaginary budget for a dream phone or a basic phone. They create either a PowerPoint presentation or a brochure to share their findings.
Cell Phone Interview
Are there benefits to comparison shopping? Yes, even with cell phones. It's important to know which carrier is best and why. Learners interview a family member about his choice in cell phone carriers, and compare that person's choice to research they've collected online. They display their findings and discuss them as a class.
The Discount Rate
What happens when a bank out lends its reserves? Sal answers this question in a video about the discount rate, explaining that it is for the "lender of last resort" and outlining possible circumstances surrounding the need for such a rate.
Federal Reserve Balance Sheet
With an actual balance sheet from the Federal Reserve (from 2007, before all of the "banking silliness" began to happen), Sal walks viewers through the assets, liabilities, and equity of the Fed. Pupils will be pleased to see how the theories they've studied in class apply directly to the Federal Reserve, and they will be able to put the process of federal banking into a strong context.
Shopping for a Credit Card
Young people often get themselves into trouble with credit cards because they don't fully understand interest rates, fees, etc. This activity requires teens to research and record information on three different credit cards in order to determine which would be the best choice. A worthy lesson, and just one of many from a high-quality site on consumer economics.
Chapter 13: Money and Banking
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.
Chapter 14: How Banks and Thrifts Create Money
Teach your class about the value of a dollar in this economics presentation, which details the inner-workings of commercial banks. From reserve requirements to money expansion, these slides will clear up any misconceptions about "the building with the money."
A Lesson To Accompany "The First Bank of the United States: A Chapter in the History of Central Banking"
Here is an interesting topic. Learners examine the economics that led to the founding of the First Bank of America. They participate in a reader's theater experience depicting the debate between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson over the beginnings of the first Bank of the United States. They read primary source documents and the booklet, "The First Bank of the United States." A fun way to introduce banking and US Economics.
Students demonstrate how to count money through a simulated shopping experience. In this consumer math lesson, students read the book Just Shopping With Mom and count play money to illustrate how much the items in the book cost.
Internet Shopping Business Idea
Young scholars create their own Internet business based on data they find concerning trends in Internet shopping. They discuss advantages and disadvantages to selling specific products and/or services over the Internet.
Let's Go Christmas Shopping!
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 shopping vocabulary. In this ELL speaking lesson, students guess words that would be on a shopping list, identify or define words related to shopping, take a shopping survey, and read related text aloud.
Take an Imaginary Shopping Trip With Your Students
Take your students on an imaginary shopping trip to practice math and other skills.
Shopping for Savings
Fourth graders calculate savings and identify the best value items from a list of products. They rotate through five studying stations, completing various math activities involving calculators and solving problems related to shopping and prices of items.