Financial Literacy Resources for Educators
April is financial literacy month! We understand educating children on finance is crucial so they can learn how to manage their money properly. We put together a few resources that you can use in the classroom or at home, for your students or children. These resources will allow them to practice their money management skills and much more, no matter what grade level they are in.
Pre-K – Grade 2: These activities for the very young include simple but important lessons like recognizing different coins and understanding what they’re worth
Grades 3 – 6: As children get older, they can start to learn about more complex financial topics like saving money, comparison shopping and managing their allowance.
Grades 7-8: Junior high school students can prepare for the real world with these activities. Lessons include making financial decisions and credit card basics.
Grades 9-12: High schoolers learn about relevant financial skills like managing salary, buying a car and avoiding debt.
College: After learning financial basics, college students build on their skills with lessons like managing credit cards, living on their own and budgeting for school.
Special Needs: These important financial lessons are for special needs students. Educators can customize lesson plans to best fit their students’ needs and learning styles
Spending Tracker: This printable sheet will help your child keep track of their spending.
Savings Tracker: This printable sheet will help your child start their savings goals.
Coins for Money – Download this free worksheet for your students to learn how to recognize and count money $1 and under.
Money Booklets – Download these free printout booklets to introduce and review coins with your students.
The Piggy Bank Primer: Saving and Budgeting – For grades 3-5, through a story and activities, the student book introduces students to economic concepts such as saving, spending, budgeting, wants, goods, services, and opportunity cost. A Teacher Guide is also available.
Writing Checks – Use these check print outs to teach your students how to write a check.
Balancing a Checkbook – Many high school students will soon start working their first jobs, so it is important for them to learn the difference between gross and net pay. They are learning to drive and preparing for college as they move closer to independence. It is a good time for them to practice budgeting successfully with take-home pay through classroom activities that can be reinforced at home.
Making a Budget – Information provided on topics such as: What is a budget? Why do I want a budget? How do I start a budget? How do I make a budget? How do I use a budget?
How to Read a Credit Report – Teach your students what a credit score is and how they can make sure that theirs is a good one.
Bank It! – Use this game to teach your students how to add and how probability works.
Peter Pig’s Money Counter – In this interactive game, kids practice identifying, counting and saving money while learning fun facts about U.S. currency.
World of Cents – Match coins to earn money, then decide how to spend it building a magical world
Hit the Road – A financial adventure game
Financial Football – Give your brain a Financial Football workout — play the NFL-themed video game developed by Visa.
Financial Soccer – Put your financial skills to the test with Visa’s World Cup-themed Financial Soccer, a multiple choice question video game. Are you ready to play?