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A Penny Saved is a Penny at 4.7% Earned  You will develop two budgets, or plans, to help you decide how to allocate your income.


About Consumer Privacy 


Bingo Brown and the Language of Love


Bill, Are You Bogus-  We know "making money" is hard but did you realize how really complicated the actual process is?


Buying vs. Renting   Making decisions on buying vs. renting.


Car Shopping


Changes in Change  Today's lesson will sharpen your money counting skills and introduce you to some new coins.

Changing Face of Money  In this lesson, you will play a game to guess which objects have been used as money throughout history.

Coin identification. Correctly identify each coin and its assigned value.
Use the coins to arrive at the designated total marked on the envelops.
Coin value. The students will identify each coin and it's assigned value. The students will count money with different coins up to totals of one dollar. The students will spend money and keep track of how much money they are spending.
Budgeting Makes A Difference. Students are given different amounts of money to see if they can figure out a budget and compare and contrast what life is like now with a child and what life would be like if they were older and had someone else to help them raise a child.
Change for a Dollar. Making change from a dollar is a particularly difficult skill for first graders at my school.



The Costs of Credit  Is using credit the same as paying with cash? Or by check? Or by debit card?


I Have No Money, Would You Take Wampum  Today's lesson will help you learn about how people received goods and services before there were coins and paper money. You will also see that this exchange called trade or barter is still used.


Is the Price of Gasoline Really Too High  Better hope you have a ride that is fuel-efficient or get ready to feel the pain in your pocketbook because you and your traveling buddies will face some of the highest gasoline prices ever.


Introducing Money


It's On Sale!


A Kindergarten Unit on Coins  Lessons on Pennies, Nickels, Dimes, Quarters, and more.


Identify and define the coins and their value.


Let's Talk Turkey- The Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner  Have you ever wondered what it costs to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, cranberries, and other goodies?


Grocery Shopping.

Million Dollar Mission. - Students study exponential growth of money.   Topics include: Patterns, integers, multiplication, exponents, graphing.


money.   Lists several sites about money


Money.    Several teacher submitted lesson plans


Students will use coins to practice their addition and subtraction skills.

Money is What Money Does  Throughout history, a wide variety of items have served as money.


Mr. Popper's Penguins


Fun with counting Coins.  The students will learn to match a quarter, penny, nickel, and a dime to the amount specified throughout activities. They will learn that we use these coins everyday of our lives. By the end of the lesson, the students will be able to look at a coin and tell what it is called and how much it is worth.

Off to Interactive Island   Make choices about which goods to buy given a limited income, Identify what was given up in making those choices, Identify the opportunity costs of those choices, Identify the cost and benefit of those choices.


On The Money   In this lesson, you will explore what money is and how it differs around the world. You will compare U.S. currency with play money and with money around the world, and then design your own money.


Pennies Make Cents  Penny activities.


Penny Estimate.  Students will be able to estimate how many pennies are in a jar.  

Penny and Nickel Value. The learner will identify the value of a penny and nickel; count groups of pennies and nickels.



The Return of Sacagawea  a new golden dollar coin bearing the image of Sacagawea, began circulating last month.


Should I Use Cash or Credit To use or not to use credit for a major purchase is an important decision.


The Story of Jack and the Bank Stalk  the story of Jack and the Bean Stalk is a good lesson about the importance of knowing about money and banks.

Time is Money. Students will learn what total cost means in this lesson. The students will help set up the classroom like a store. Students will buy items in the store, which will help them with addition and counting money.

Time Value of Money  Suppose your brother or sister owed you $500. Would you rather have this money repaid to you right away, in one payment, or spread out over a year in four installment payments? Would it make a difference either way?


Using Bank Services


What Would You Work Hard For  Young children should begin to learn about the concept of value and why some items are considered more valuable than others.


Yard Sale

Grocery Shopping with Money.


Money in Motion

Lesson Plans

Introduction: The Quiz: Money in Motion

Lesson 1: Depositing the Dough
Lesson 2: Credit - or?
Lesson 3: Check It Out
Lesson 4: Banking on the Future
Lesson 5: A Taxing Question


Teacher Resources

Standards and Benchmarks
Classroom Poster
Quiz Answer Key
Background & Definitions


Student Resources

Student Finance Guide






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