Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Fun Lesson to Start your Personal Finance Class

A Fun Lesson to Start your Personal Finance Class

I like to start the first week of school with a lesson designed to get students thinking about their personal and financial goalsWonderful Life”.

Wonderful Life is a fun, interactive project that gives students a chance to get to know each other while creating a presentation that reveals their goals regarding career, wages, and lifestyle. It also sharpens their communication and presentation skills. And as a culminating activity each student presents their project to the class. It’s a great first lesson. 

I like starting the class off with this assignment because it eases the students (and the teacher) into the class, and it is a fun way for everyone to get to know each other.  It gives the teacher a chance to spend some one-on-one time with students.  It also sets the stage for the rest of the course.

This is an outstanding lesson, not only for personal finance, but for any class where the objective is for students to introduce themselves to the class and talk about their goals and interests.

Over 2000 teachers have downloaded this lesson from Teachers Pay Teachers.  If you have not already grabbed it, here is the link...Wonderful Life.


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

A personal finance lesson that fits in anywhere, anytime

You’ll be amazed at what kids have to say about money!
A personal finance lesson that fits in anywhere, anytime!

Here are some lessons that I created to get kids of all ages talking and thinking about money.  These lessons are designed to fit into your curriculum anywhere, anytime.
MoneyTalks for Kidz contains 104 conversation starter cards that are designed to help elementary students open up about their feelings regarding money. Written for grades 3, 4 and 5.

Money Talkz for Middle School contains 164 cards that are designed to get middle school students talking about money matters.  Written for grades 6, 7 and 8.

Personal Finance Conversation Starters forTeens contains 280 cards that are designed to get teens talking about personal finance all year long! 

Students learn from each other...

In responding to the questions, students bring their own unique perspectives and life experiences to the table and learn from each other. You never know where the conversation will lead, and that makes it all the more exciting. There are really no right or wrong answers. All students need to do to be successful is to explain the reasoning behind their answers.

Conversation starters can be used...

* as a warm-up
* for small group discussion
* for whole class discussion
* for journal writing


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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back to School Sale

TPT is having a One Day Back to School Sale

When: August 19th

My TPT Store

Savings: Up to 28% - use promo code: MORE15 at checkout.

What’s Included: Everything in my store

How can I SAVE even MORE: Check out my BUNDLES and save BIG.


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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Timeline of Lessons

Timeline for Personal Finance Lessons

I hope you have been enjoying your summer vacation.  It’s hard to believe that school has already started in some parts of the country.  As you begin planning your lessons for the new school year I thought a timeline of the lessons available at my TPT store might be helpful since many of these lessons build upon what was taught in the previous lesson.  

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Sale

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Hope you know that you are appreciated for all of the hard work that you do. In celebration of teachers everywhere Personal Finance for Teens Unleashed and TPT are having one last SALE of the school year on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5th and 6th.
All Personal Finance for Teens Unleashed lessons will be 28% off! It's a great time to grab a bundle and save a bundle!
Use Promo Code” ThankYou at checkout

Personal Finance Lessons Designed Especially for Teens!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Special offer for National Financial Literacy Month!

A special offer for National Financial Literacy Month

Hi Everyone,

April is National Financial Literacy Month!

In celebration I will be offering specials and freebies each week in April. Check my blog and Twitter often for updates.

This week’s special is...

Discount: 40% off
Dates: Monday, April 13th and Tuesday April 14th
at my Teachers Pay Teachers store

Lesson Description:

This presentation is an easy-to-understand review of basic concepts and terms that are used every day in the financial world when discussing stock and the stock market. Students will learn everything from what a stock is, to how investors make a profit, to how the market is regulated plus much more.

Topics covered...

What is a stock?

What is a stockholder?

Why does a company issue stock?

What is a Stock Exchange?
How is stock bought and sold?
What do investors look for in a stock?
What makes a stock valuable?
Why does the price of a stock go up?
How do investors make a profit?
What are Bull and Bear markets?
Is investing in stock risky?
How is stock regulated?
What is a stock split?

Aligned with National Personal Finance Standards

Companion Assignments:

This lesson is part of a unit on Investing

This lesson is part of a dynamite unit on Investing. The complete unit is a great hands-on way to teach students the ins and outs of researching, selecting, and tracking stock and mutual funds. It is loaded with fun, hands-on lessons, informative presentations, crosswords, and on-line flashcards, games and quizzes.


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Friday, April 10, 2015

Financial Literacy: Do high school classes make a difference?

April is National Financial Literacy Month: Do high school classes make a difference?

In 2011 President Obama proclaimed April as National Financial Literacy Month.  In his proclamation he stated, “Our Nation's prosperity will ultimately depend on our willingness as individuals to empower ourselves and our families with financial knowledge. “

Fast forward to 2015, one thing that we can all seem to agree on as parents and educators is that an understanding of financial literacy is important to our children.  What we can’t seem to work out, according to Hank Coleman of Daily Finance, is who will teach the courses; how will school districts fund the new courses; and how will these courses fit into already overly crowded curriculums?

In addition to these logistics problems, Professor Julie Heath, director of the Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati, reports that teachers feel unqualified to teach financial literacy.  “Eighty-two percent say they are not prepared to teach these concepts," she says. 

One of the reasons for this uneasiness may be that some school districts rely on math, science, home economics and technology teachers (among others) to incorporate financial literacy lessons into their curriculum instead of offering a separate personal finance course. 

The good news is that financial literacy classes in high school do make a difference.  According to an article in USA Today (by Hadley Malcolm), a study of 65,000 college students showed that – “first-year college students required to take a financial literacy course in high school are significantly more likely than their peers who didn't take a class to be financially responsible.” 

The study revealed that, “students who took a class did better on the survey’s financial knowledge questions, were found to be more averse to debt, more likely to pay credit card bills on time, and less likely to go over their credit limit.”

If you have been asked to incorporate financial literacy into your curriculum, and are at a loss of where to start, try these FREE introductory lessons with your students.


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