Financial Management Skills Assessment

LESSON DESCRIPTION Students assess their own financial management skills by taking the money management self-assessment.  This assessment will help students identify their current knowledge or money management as well as areas that need instruction regarding money and finances. Money management is how you manage all aspects of your finances. This includes setting goals for the … Continue reading Financial Management Skills Assessment

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Creating a Spending Plan

LESSON DESCRIPTION Students will use given information to create a monthly spending plan, also known as a budget. In this lesson, they will develop the abilities needed to make an effective plan to budget monthly spending goals. A spending plan must detail exactly how you are going to use your cash to cover the things … Continue reading Creating a Spending Plan

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Making Spending Decisions about Money

LESSON DESCRIPTION In this lesson, students will learn ways to become mindfully deliberate about their spending choices using the DECIDE process. They will use this model to help them with making a decision for a major spending purchase. Making spending decisions about how to use your money can be difficult. Sometimes you have to sacrifice … Continue reading Making Spending Decisions about Money

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Planning Effective Financial Goals

LESSON DESCRIPTION In this lesson, students learn to figure out their desired financial objectives by planning smart and effective financial goals that will help them achieve their goals. They will set financial goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Many men and women invest, spend, invest, then wonder why they’re short of funds … Continue reading Planning Effective Financial Goals

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Spending Log

LESSON DESCRIPTION In this lesson, students keep a log of all their spending for a period of time (day/week/month) to help identify their spending habits and patterns. How do you spend your money? Understanding your current spending patterns and habits will help you understand how to budget and better manage your money. Distribute the attached … Continue reading Spending Log

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Understanding your Money Habits

LESSON DESCRIPTION In this lesson, students learn to understand and identify what are their money habits. Every money decision you make either reinforces good or bad money habits.  The first step toward creating good money habits is to first identify the money habits you currently have. Distribute the attached worksheet to students.  They should first … Continue reading Understanding your Money Habits

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Starting a Budget Introduction

Below are some budget lesson starters — printable worksheets to use with a teaching lesson introducing budgeting. Print both of the lessons below.   Suggested Grade Level 4th – 6th Grade. Fourth Grade.  Fifth Grade.  Sixth Grade. Special education. Teens Teenagers Kids.   Worksheet #1: PERSONAL BUDGETS – NEEDS WANTS Excerpt – Have you ever … Continue reading Starting a Budget Introduction

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Developing a Budget

In the weeks prior to the start of the unit, students track their expenditures during a two-week period. In class, students create a group presentation about personal and financial goals. Individually, students identify four personal goals and describe the related financial goals. With financial goals in mind, students work in pairs to complete a budget … Continue reading Developing a Budget

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Budget to Save—The Balance Sheet

This lesson begins with dispelling common myths about millionaires through the interactive “Millionaire Quiz.” Students then have an opportunity to give their opinions of wealth in a brainstorming activity that culminates in a formalizing of the definition of wealth through the equation of “assets – liabilities = net worth.” Using a variety of interactives, students … Continue reading Budget to Save—The Balance Sheet

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