Credit Lessons

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on teaching about credit! As a trusted source of financial literacy materials, we understand the importance of educating young people about the responsible use of credit. Our collection of lesson plans, worksheets, and engaging activities are designed to help students understand the impact of credit on their financial future and make informed decisions about managing their credit responsibly. Whether you’re a teacher, parent, or financial educator, our resources will equip you with the tools you need to teach this vital financial skill.

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    Understanding the Debt Ceiling (Debt Limit) and the National Debt of the United States

    The lesson explains the concept of the debt ceiling, or debt limit, and the national debt, their implications on the US government’s financial operations and the potential consequences of hitting the debt ceiling. It also discusses extraordinary measures and possible solutions to address the national debt, including raising the debt ceiling, cutting spending, increasing revenue … Continue reading Understanding the Debt Ceiling (Debt Limit) and the National Debt of the United States


    How to Prepare for a Recession

    Learn the basics of how to prepare yourself for a recession, economic loss, or potential job loss. Learn important steps and tips to help prepare and protect yourself for a decline in the economy, a layoff, job loss, unemployment, or other related event. CONCEPTS Use this video lesson on the topic to discuss the financial … Continue reading How to Prepare for a Recession



    To Rent-to-Own or Not to Rent-to-Own?

    Students review the elements of a contract. They discuss the characteristics of rent-to-own contracts and compare the cost of those contracts with the outright purchase of goods. Objectives Students will define contract and annual percentage rate (APR), explain the elements of a contract, evaluate the terms and costs of a rent-to-own contract, and compare rent-to-own … Continue reading To Rent-to-Own or Not to Rent-to-Own?



    Creditors’ Criteria and Borrowers’ Rights and Responsibilities

    Students discuss key terms related to credit and learn how creditors use capacity, character, and collateral as criteria for making loans. Students learn about credit rights and responsibilities. Groups use role-play scenarios to identify and discuss the rights and responsibilities of using credit.   Objectives Students will define credit and creditor, define interest, identify and … Continue reading Creditors’ Criteria and Borrowers’ Rights and Responsibilities


    Credit Reports – You Thought Your Report Card Was Important

    Students complete an activity sheet and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using credit. Students read a scenario about a young person’s use of a credit card and answer some questions regarding repayment. Students learn about credit history, credit reports and credit-reporting agencies.