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

Discover Lessons, Simulations, Videos, and Apps

  • 40-Plus Resources for National Financial Capability Month: Find resources for students of all ages in this compilation of games, lessons, hooks, apps, and more. (SmartBlog on Education, 2013)
  • How to Promote Financial Literacy With Students: Discover video collections, online games, and structured curricula to help advance your teaching and learning goals. (KQED’s MindShift, 2013)
  • Money as You Grow: Review 20 age-appropriate financial literacy lessons and activities for students in grades K-12. The companion website Money as You Learn includes tools for educators to integrate personal finance into teaching aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
  • Online Economic Lessons: Browse or search a database with hundreds of free personal-finance lessons for grades K-12. (EconEdLink)
  • Earn Your Future: Discover free modules for teaching personal finance in grades K-12; topics include saving and investing, career exploration, planning and money management, as well as lessons focused on environmental sustainability. (PwC)
  • National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education: View or download standards related to personal finance education across all grades K-12. (Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Finance Literacy)
  • #FinEdChat and #FinancialLiteracy: Follow these hashtags on Twitter to keep up-to-date on the latest trends and resources for financial-literacy education.


Explore Activities for Grades K-8


Explore Activities for Grades 9-12


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:

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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 4th 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 5th 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 6th 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 7th grade that asks students to compare different ways resources are used to buy and consume goods and services.
  • Creating -- Review a lesson suggested for 8th grade that asks students to explain scarcity and how not all wants for goods and services can be satisfied.