What Interest Rate Increases Mean for You

What to expect as the Federal Reserve (the central bank of the United States) increases interest rates. How it impacts your budget, and your money. Understand why the Federal Reserve is increasing rates, so we all will see our borrowing costs potentially rise. Here are some ways that rate hikes could affect you, your money, … Continue reading What Interest Rate Increases Mean for You

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Types of Money | Commodity, Representative, Fiat, and Bank Money

What is money? Economists differentiate among several different types.  Learn about the four main types of money including commodity money, representative money, fiat money, and bank money. Also learn why intrinsic value is important for understanding the types of money. CONCEPTS Use this video lesson on the topic to discuss the basic economic concepts of … Continue reading Types of Money | Commodity, Representative, Fiat, and Bank Money

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Main Functions of Money

Learn what is money and what are its four main functions. Money serves all these functions: it is a medium for exchange, store of value, unit of account, and standard for deferred payments. CONCEPTS Use this video lesson on the topic to discuss the basic economic concepts of Money Barter Inflation PROCEDURE Hand out the … Continue reading Main Functions of Money

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Mittens Shops at Costco | Spending and Budgeting

A dog goes shopping for dog food at Costco. A fun class or lesson starter for the YouTube and TikTok generation on the importance of spending money wisely. When shopping for groceries, we often spend more than necessary and buy more groceries than we can eat, and lose track of what we actually bought. A … Continue reading Mittens Shops at Costco | Spending and Budgeting





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What is causing Inflation? When will it end?

Why are prices going up for food, gas, and housing? Why are prices rising and who is it hurting? Why is everything so expensive? What is causing inflation, and when will inflation end? CONCEPTS Use this video on the topic to discuss the financial economic concepts of Inflation Supply and Demand Consumer Price Index Federal … Continue reading What is causing Inflation? When will it end?

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Impulse Buying? Dog Orders Chocolate Bar

A dog orders a MrBeast chocolate bar.  Did he win the golden ticket? Here is a fun class or lesson starter for the TikTok or YouTube generation of students on the topics of impulse buying, money and spending. BACKGROUND MrBeast is a popular YouTube celebrity your students are likely familiar with.  He recently has started … Continue reading Impulse Buying? Dog Orders Chocolate Bar

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Abraham Lincoln and the Five Dollar Note

LESSON DESCRIPTION In this lesson, students participate in a puzzle activity to identify leadership characteristics that Abraham Lincoln possessed. They review the changes in the redesigned $5 note and consider how Lincoln’s leadership characteristics contribute to the fact that he is pictured on the $5 note. Students look at a timeline of Lincoln’s life and … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln and the Five Dollar Note

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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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Introduction to Earning Money

An introduction to earning money. Teaching Objectives: Students will learn why they should earn money. Students will learn how to earn money. Students will understand what they can do with the money they earn.   Suggested Grade Level 4th – 6th Grade. Fourth Grade.  Fifth Grade.  Sixth Grade. Special education. Teens Teenagers Kids.   Earning … Continue reading Introduction to Earning Money

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Word Problems with Down Payments

Students will begin to understand the topic of down payments. Teaching Objectives: Students will learn to define a down payment. Students will learn to calculate new price following a down payment. Students will learn to calculate payment plans based on new prices and down payments. Suggested Grade Level 6th – 8th Grade Lesson Excerpt: Many … Continue reading Word Problems with Down Payments

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