The Berenstain Bears Trouble with Money

2nd - 4th

Young scholars will explore good and services, income and saving listening to the story The B. Bears Trouble With Money.  In this early economic lesson, students discuss what it means to earn money doing services and save money to buy goods.  Young scholars create personal banks to take home and begin saving money.

Resource Details

Instructional Design
Project-Based Learning
2 hrs

Money, Money, Honey Bunny!

Learners determine the differences between goods and services, and saving and spending. In this economics lesson, students listen to a rhyming story about a bunny with money. They play a matching game with the associated cards and work with rhyming words that are presented in the story.

Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression

Young scholars barter for goods within the class. In this economics lesson plan based on the Great Depression, the teacher introduces the lesson plan with a picture book, then students are allowed to barter with teacher supplied goods as they examine how bartering works within small groups, then within larger groups.

Having a Savings Plan

Students discover the importance of saving and spending. In this finance lesson, students read the book Kermit the Hermit and discuss the differences between needs and wants. The students complete worksheets concerning money in their daily lives.

The Bernstein Bear's Trouble with Money: Financial and Academic Literacy

What do figures of speech have to do with financial literacy? Take an interdisciplinary look at The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Money to find out. Young analysts read about the cubs' spendthrift ways and how Mama and Papa Bear teach them to save money. They explore figures of speech and create "critter banks" in which they begin to save both coins and interesting language.

Every Penny Counts

Students listen to two different stories of a child who makes different decisions about how to spend his money. They compare the prices of goods and services at two or more stores. They discover that all of us have limited budgets and must make tough decisions on what to buy.

Goods and Services?

Students distinguish between goods and services, and identify that goods and services are used to satisfy needs and wants. They view illustrations from books to find and chart examples of good and services and make connections that goods and services help meet their family's wants.

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Students explore the concept of philanthropy. In this service learning activity, students examine the definition of philanthropy as giving or sharing time, talent or treasure for the common good and its importance to and effects on the community.

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Students identify the difference between spending, saving, and donating. They brainstorm reasons to give and options to donate. They sing a song about donating to charity.

The ABCs of Saving

Students discuss and identify the steps for saving successfully. Using the steps, they give examples of how saving for tomorrow means giving up things today, their opportunity cost. They create their own budget plan and develop a plan to meet their savings goal.

Services in our Community

Second graders determine the definition of the word tax. They determine how taxes pay for community services. They draw a picture of a community worker that shows his/her uniform and job. They discuss why taxes are a good thing.

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