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Financial Literacy Month

financial_literacy_200x150.jpgApril is Financial Literacy Month. Help your students be more financially literate with Thinkfinity.org’s special collection of finance-related lessons and interactive games. Financial literacy is a critical life skill, and sharing personal finance lessons with students will prepare them to be financially responsible adults. Learning about money can start with the youngest students as they learn to count and identify different types of money, and the differences between wants and needs. As students progress to middle school and personal finances become more important, it is crucial that they learn how checking and savings accounts work, especially online accounts. High school students benefit from understanding the power of compound interest, as well as financial accounting, stocks and other economic factors.

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  • Lesson Plans
  • Interactives
  • Primary Sources, Podcasts and Activities

Lesson Plans

Amazing Profit

Illuminations | Lesson Plan | 6-8
Students investigate linear equations using a real-world scenario.

Area Contractor

Illuminations | Lesson Plan | 6-8
In this lesson, students measure surfaces in a classroom to estimate the cost of refinishing.

Authentic Writing Experiences and Math Problem-Solving Using Shopping Lists

ReadWriteThink | Lesson Plan | K-2
Students use their emerging writing skills to write shopping lists. They work within a budget, use problem-solving skills to create lists and buy their favorite treats at the class store.

Big Banks, Piggy Banks

EconEdLink | Lesson Plan | K-5
Understanding the basics of savings and savings institutions.

Buying vs. Renting

EconEdLink | Lesson Plan | 9-12
Learn about the basics of buying a home versus renting.

Combining Read-Alouds With Economics in the Primary Grades

ReadWriteThink | Lesson Plan | K-2
Students learn that what you read in books can really add up when they analyze literary texts for economic concepts.

The Cost of Being Late

Illuminations | Lesson Plan | 6-8
Learning how to calculate the impact of an outstanding balance and interest rates.

Exploring Cost and Savings Using Children's Literature

ReadWriteThink | Lesson Plan | 3-5
Students make sense of dollars and cents when they study the importance of saving and budgeting in this lesson.

How Global is Your Portfolio?

EconEdLink | Lesson Plan | 3-8
This engaging lesson challenges students to connect economics and geography as they investigate global companies in the stock market.

Invest in Your Education

Illuminations | Lesson Plan | 6-12
Learning percents by purchasing everyday classroom supplies.

Money Makers

Illuminations | Lesson Plan | 3-5
Learning about designing and running a profitable business.

Paying for Your Wheels

Illuminations | Lesson Plan | 9-12
Understanding the algebra of gas consumption.

Predicting Your Financial Future

Illuminations | Lesson Plan | 9-12
Students calculate compound interest with savings accounts and credit cards.

Primary Economics

Illuminations | Lesson Plan | K-2
Counting, saving, adding and purchasing with coins.

Real Estate Tycoon

Illuminations | Lesson Plan | 6-8
Working with fractions and decimals to design and sell a house and invest the profits.

Shopping Mall Math

Illuminations | Lesson Plan | 3-8
Developing number sense at a shopping mall.

Wonders of the Day: Financial Literacy
Wonderopolis | Resource | K-5

Interactives

Budget Odyssey

EconEdLink | Interactive | 6-12
In this game, students click the spinner to see how far their car will advance. After each spin, they will be asked to categorize expenses. If they get it right, they'll be one step closer to winning. But if they get it wrong, they're sent backwards.

Compound Interest Simulator

Illuminations | Interactive | 9-12
Students use an interactive to learn how compound interest works.

Gen I Revolution - Mission 1: Building Wealth Over The Long Term

EconEdLink | Interactive | 6-12
In Mission 1, students must convince Angela to invest in a 401(k) plan now to build wealth over the long term. Make sure to check out Missions 2-15 as well!

Lost in the Coin Vault

History Explorer | Interactive | 5-8
In this interactive game, students will enhance their analytical skills as they decipher clues and closely examine objects from the National Numismatics Collection in order to solve mysteries and escape from the coin vault.

Your Carbon Diet

Science NetLinks | Interactive | 6-8
This interactive allows students to learn about how we use different energy sources and how it affects not only our environment but also our budget.

Primary Sources, Podcasts and Activities

The Great Save: Exploring Costs and Savings

ReadWriteThink | Activity | 3-5
This activity gets children to think about money and the choices involved in deciding how to spend or save it.

Name Brands

Science NetLinks | Podcast | 6-12
Can shoppers be biased to product names with similar letters in their own names?

Pismo Beach **** Shell

History Explorer | Artifact | 8-12
When the Great Depression and resulting banking crisis hit their community, the residents of the coastal town of Pismo Beach, California, picked an unusual but logical medium of exchange. Perhaps with tongue in cheek, the merchants and officials of Pismo Beach (who were often the same people) made the best of a bad situation and turned the humble pismo **** shell into an object of trade.

Diner’s Club Credit Card

History Explorer | Artifact | 9-12
Diner's Club was one of the earliest issuers of credit cards. The convenience and security they came to represent helped transform payment methods for consumers purchasing goods and services.

Coin Box

Illuminations | Activity | PreK-5
Learn how to count, collect, exchange, and make change for coins. The coin tiles help you count as you learn the value of each coin. How many of the games can you master?

Money Mentality

Science NetLinks | Audio | 6-12
This Science Update podcast shares a study that explores whether money encourages self-sufficiency or selfishness.

Pennyless Pricing

Science NetLinks | Audio | 6-12
In this Science Update, find out if consumers would get ripped off if the government eliminated the penny.

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