The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy has reported that "the average student who graduates from high school lacks basic skills in the management of personal financial affairs. Many are unable to balance a checkbook, and most have no insight into the basic survival principles involved with earning, spending, saving and investing." The finance sites below will help you provide your students with the training in personal finance basics that so many of them lack. Included: More than 30 financial literacy sites for students of all ages.
It's never too early to begin to learn how to manage money, and the sites below offer students of all ages opportunities to explore important financial concepts. These engaging online resources provide lesson plans and workbooks for teachers, as well as a wide variety of interactive activities that reflect real-world experiences -- on topics ranging from making change to making a budget to investing in the stock market.
Develop primarily to help families deal with the subject of handling money wisely, this highly interactive site includes extensive resources that will also prove extremely helpful for educators. Those resources include detailed definitions of financial terms, specific instructions on skills such as check writing and keeping a money diary, such practical tools as a compounding interest calculator, and much, much more. The sections for teachers and parents also include lesson plans, quizzes, and links to related sites.
Sense and Dollars
At Sense and Dollars, a site maintained by Maryland Public Television, students in middle and high school learn about earning, spending, saving, and investing money, and then apply their newly found knowledge and skills by going on a virtual shopping spree, handling a checkbook, or planning a dream prom. Click Help to access the teacher's guide and parent's guide.
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Links last updated 07/25/2011