Financial Literacy

Resources and Downloads for Financial Literacy

Explore resources and downloads for educators seeking to help students learn financial concepts, practice money management, and build strong financial decision-making and economic-reasoning skills.

March 31, 2014 Updated February 25, 2016

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Explore Activities for Grades K–8

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Downloads and Examples From Schools That Work

Edutopia's flagship series highlights practices and case studies from K–12 schools and districts that are improving the way students learn. Below, find downloads used by practitioners at featured schools, and dive into real-world examples of teaching and learning financial literacy.

Piggy-Bank Friday: Life Skills Through Financial Literacy: Through the Piggy-Bank Friday program, K–5 students at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada, have saved over $30,000 in one year. Watch the video, read about their practice, and take a look at this featured download:

Financial Literacy Makes School Relevant: The Ariel Community Academy, a public K–8 school on the South Side of Chicago, has been achieving remarkable success thanks to a number of effective strategies, particularly a financial-literacy program. Watch a video, and learn about the components of their K–8 curriculum to see how they do it. Then explore some of this school’s resources and downloads; a few highlights from their Goods and Services Unit, organized according to Bloom’s Taxonomy, are linked below.

  • Remembering: Review a lesson suggested for fourth grade that asks students to define and give examples of goods as objects that satisfy people's wants and services.
  • Understanding: Review a lesson suggested for fifth grade that asks students to explain that economic wants are desires that can be satisfied by consuming a good or service or leisure activity and why not all wants can be satisfied.
  • Applying: Review a lesson suggested for sixth grade that asks students to diagram the relationship among a final good or service, the way it’s produced, and who consumes and produces it.
  • Analyzing: Review a lesson suggested for seventh grade that asks students to compare different ways resources are used to buy and consume goods and services.
  • Creating: Review a lesson suggested for eighth grade that asks students to explain scarcity and how not all wants for goods and services can be satisfied.

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