Financial Literacy Activities for All Grade Levels

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National Financial Literacy Conference for Educators
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NEFE: High School Program
Jump Start
Visa: Practical Money Skills
PBS: Your Life, Your Money
FDIC: Money Smart
Family Economics and Financial Education
USA Today: Financial Education
Wall Street Journal: Smart Money
Junior Achievement - Finance Park
Click on Programs, then Middle Grades, then JA Finance Park
Free Lessons for Teaching Economics & Finance
Click on Lessons, then select from drop-down menus on leftside of page
Building Your Future (Banking, Investing, Financing)
Classroom Money Game (you need to register your class)
VA Dept. of Education Vignettes
Hands on Banking - use web or request CD by email:
Federal Reserve Bank 
Click on Federal Reserve Education link at bottom of page
Money Wise
Click on Teens and Money to the right of the page

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Financial literacy for students grades K-2

  • The meaning of money
  • Counting bills and coins
  • Writing out money: decimals and dollar signs

Financial literacy for students grades 3-5

  • Earning power
  • Needs versus wants
  • saving for a goal
  • What do banks do?

Financial literacy for students grades 6-8

  • Creating a budget
  • Savings account
  • Checking account
  • How to use a debit card and ATM

Financial literacy for students grades 9-12

  • Security and banking online
  • Figuring interest
  • Rewards and risks of credit cards
  • Getting a loan: car, school, or home
  • Long-term savings and investing



  • Penny the  pig
  • Credit clues
  • Career cards
  • Classroom economy
  • Charity presentations
  • Insurance and floods

Grades 5-8

  • Just interest
  • Comparing graham crackers
  • Financial goal setting
  • Dream cities

Grades 9-12

  • Debt consultants
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