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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.
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Learn About the Benefits of Teaching Financial Literacy

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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.

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Explore Activities for Grades K-8

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Explore Activities for Grades 9-12

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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 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.

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Susan Mulcaire's picture
Susan Mulcaire
Author, The Middle School Student's Guide to Ruling the World!

The 21st Century Student's Guide to Financial Literacy (Going Global) with 17 classroom-ready lesson plans and loads of practice activities. This is not a course about checking accounts and mortgages. It's about the history of commerce, evolution of money and wealth, innovation, entrepreneurship, capital, virtual currency, trade, and the institutions of global commerce, including securities markets, central banks, IMF, WTO, etc. This is an awesome course suitable for grades 8-12 and teaches the kinds of things your students truly need to know for college, career, and life-readiness. If your school would like more information about this program, please contact us through

Marisela's picture

This is such a great resource, with so many resource in it self. Given that we are leaving in a very capitalist, consumer world I think it is vital to start teaching kids how to be savvy with their money. I would of benefited so much, if I started learning these essential skills sooner than latter. I work with college students, and many still do not know how to budget. I think this is a great resource, and I enjoyed it.

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Lauren's picture

As a recent graduate I think it's important to start thinking about finances and college. These resources are great and I definitely think it's important for school administrators to share what they can about financial literacy to students, to help them navigate the confusing world of student loans, starting salary, loan repayment, living expenses, etc. While I was researching these topics for my own benefit, I found this really great college payment calculator from an LA law firm, Weintraub & Selth. It's super easy to use and really helped me see what lies ahead for my career! I've included the link below.

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