Personal Finance

Personal Financial Literacy Is A Crucial Skillset For Students

We have several resources available for teaching personal financial literacy, including crosswalks to national standards, a free course guide, ready-to-use lesson modules, and recommended websites.

Grade 8 Crosswalk

Crosswalk for Grade 8 National Standards for Personal Financial Education and MBA Research’s National Business Administration Standards.

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Grade 12 Crosswalk

Crosswalk for Grade 12 National Standards for Personal Financial Education and MBA Research’s National Business Administration Standards.

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Course Guide

Course guides are comprehensive roadmaps that provide a variety of educational materials, including performance indicators, ethical case studies, and activities for each course. Each course guide has a recommended sequence and numerous resources for additional learning.

For a limited time, all course guides are available free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the Daniels Fund.

Personal Finance: This one-semester course develops students’ understanding and skills in areas such as setting financial goals, earning income, budgeting, spending, saving, managing credit, insurance, and investing. Personal Finance features student activities, ethics cases, multiple-choice test items, a financial-literacy project, and resource lists to support instruction.

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Ready-to-Use Lesson Modules

Use these Learning Activity Packages (LAPs) to accompany the Personal Finance course:

Both lesson modules are available in this LAP Package.

Each complete LAP module includes a student handout (with CopyIT! permission) as well as an instructor section featuring a comprehensive discussion guide, complete practice- (short-answer) and post-tests (multiple-choice) with descriptive keys, student activities, PowerPoint presentation, and more.

Additional Resources

In addition, we recommend using the following websites to enhance your teaching:

  • Banzai: The interactive Life Scenarios™ provide real-life situations that help students understand the importance of managing their personal finances. Students learn about budgeting, using credit cards, managing cash, paying bills, etc. Also includes state curriculum alignment information, supplemental resources, and discussion points for teachers. Free, registration required.
  • Better Money Habits: Bank of America and Khan Academy created an online partnership to educate consumers about the basics of personal finance and money management. Students sign up for free and can accumulate points and earn badges on many topics including credit, taxes, personal banking/security, saving, school expenses, home buying, car buying, and debt. Tools include informative videos, infographics, key takeaways, and short quizzes.
  • Biz Kid$: is a one-stop shop for learning and teaching personal finance. The site features educational games, lesson plans, and other activities that teachers and students will love. To entertain students while educating them, check out all five seasons of the financial literacy show “Biz Kid$.”
  • EconEdLink: Brought to you by the Council for Economic Education, EconEdLink provides a premier source of classroom-tested, internet-based economic and personal finance lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students. There are over 400 interactive lessons to choose from, many of which include a teacher’s version as well as a student version.
  • Jump$tart Coalition: Lists both national and state standards for personal finance education and provides a wide array of teaching resources, publications, and newsletters for this important topic.
  • Money Geek: Money Geek is a comprehensive personal finance website offering articles, advice, and resources for managing money and credit. With step-by-step instructions, checklists, and easy-to-understand explanations of difficult topics, this site is perfect for students looking to improve their financial literacy.
  • Next Gen Personal Finance: This site provides teachers with free personal finance curriculum resources that include courses, units of study, activities, projects, videos, case studies, and assessments. In addition, professional development opportunities are provided through webinars, conferences, and opportunities to network and collaborate with other teachers.

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To learn more about our Personal Finance resources, reach out today.