Financial Literacy

    ABC's of Credit Card Finance

    Alabama Bankers Association

    Basics of Saving and Investing
    Get binder and free field trips! 

    American Bankers Association

    Free Financial Worksheet

    Bank It

    Bank It is a one-stop resource for parents, youth and workshop leaders to learn about and educate on making positive choices  with money.


    It can be difficult to find useful and engaging programs to use in your classroom, especially when budgets don't allow for it. Here's a fresh idea: meaningful content using real-life scenarios that engages teenagers and doesn't cost a dime. That's Banzai.

    Cash Course

    CashCourse® provides financial education resources for colleges. It’s online, it’s free, it’s noncommercial, and it’s brought to you by The National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) – the only nonprofit foundation dedicated to improving the well-being of all Americans.

    Citi CFEC

    Where does money come from? How do you spend your money? Where do you keep your money? Complete these activities to learn more about how to save and spend money.

    Credit Card Insider
    Knowing how to properly use a credit card is the key to responsibly managing your credit. Become more familiar with credit related topics to enhance your knowledge of how credit affects you and your financial life. is America’s Debt Help Organization, serving the public with thorough and accessible information on financial well-being. We strive to help people in all stages of life, from college, through buying or selling a home, and into retirement.  

    FDIC: Money Smart for Young Adults

    Aligned with educational standards for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and the Virgin Islands, as well as Jump$tart financial education standards and National Council on Economic Education economic education standards;
    Based on the award-winning Money Smart adult financial education curriculum that can bring proven results in the money management practices and financial confidence of graduates;
    Offers a completely customizable curriculum comprised of modules that can be taught on a stand-alone basis;
    Not protected by copyright restrictions; and
    A source of unbiased information that is not “branded” with corporate logos or otherwise affiliated with any commercial interest.


    Take Charge Today - A program and curriculum with a decision-based approach to personal finance. Formerly Family Economics & Financial Education, Take Charge Today provides a consistent framework for thinking through financial choices in order to improve their well being.

    Money Math

    Money Math: Lessons for Life is a four-lesson curriculum, teaching grade math concepts using real-life examples from personal finance. The 86-page book is a teacher's guide with lesson plans, reproducible activity pages, and teaching tips. A teacher needs only one copy of Money Math: Lessons for Life to teach several classes of students.

    Money Skills

    MoneySKILL is a FREE online reality based personal finance course for young adults developed by the AFSA Education Foundation. This interactive curriculum is aimed at the millions of high school and college students who graduate each year without a basic understanding of money management fundamentals. The course is designed to be used as all or part of a grade for courses in economics, math, social studies or where personal finance are taught. Students experience the interactive curriculum as both written text and audio narration. In addition, frequent quizzes test their grasp of each and every concept. The 36-module curriculum, with pre- and post -tests, covers the content areas of income, expenses, assets, liabilities and risk management. A life simulation module asks students to project their own financial life expectancies in areas such as employment, housing, transportation, education, marriage, family and retirement. The life simulation allows students to incorporate the MoneySKILL personal finance concepts into their everyday lives, thus providing them with knowledge and skills that will last a lifetime.

    MoneySKILL's special features:

    It's free!
    Available for use by teachers, parents, employers, government agencies and non-profit organizations.
    Select specific modules and order of study for students' course.
    Indicate a module retake score for students.
    Add release date for student to begin module.
    Records date student completed module.
    View student answers to questions.
    Recreate/duplicate modules used for a previous class.
    Electronic grade book records each student's module test scores and course grade.
    Import class roster into the electronic grade book.
    Create certificate of completion. 

    NEFE: High School

    Aligns nicely with our Career Preparedness standards. 

    Practical Money Skills

    With a diverse range of resources; including free lesson plans, educational games for classroom use and profiles of inspiring educators; Practical Money Skills hopes to empower educators, enable student learning, and help provide people of all ages with the tools necessary for financial success.

    Show Me the Future

    You’ll have a whole new identity including occupation, income, whether you’re married or single, whether or not you have kids, and more. You have a checking account with a register, which will contain the money you earned as your new identity. Then you get to make choices, like the kind of house you’ll live in and what you’re going to eat, based on your identity. Every choice you make costs money, which will be deducted from the money in your checking account. The trick to the game is to see if you can make ends meet and still have some cash at the end.

    Student Credit Cards 101

    The “Student Credit Cards 101” section of the guide details simple budgeting and spending principles and clear advice on how to avoid common credit mistakes.

    Take Charge America (grades 1-5)

    Take Charge America is pleased to provide lesson plans for teachers to use with students from grades one to five. These lesson plans incorporate personal finance skills with children's books to provide a fun, well-rounded learning experience. Each grade level has 10 lesson plans for a complete unit of study. Each lesson is a PDF document that you can download which includes objectives, materials lists, worksheets and content standards.

    Teach It

    The ECB curriculum includes effective standards-based resources for all Wisconsin educators. The activities include effective classroom lessons and practical extensions to promote high student achievement. The parent resources allow families to learn new skills and to reinforce classroom learning.

    Understanding Taxes - Lesson Plans and Activities (Secondary)

    Many of the materials that are part of the Understanding Taxes program can be downloaded as Adobe Acrobat™ PDFs. For example, you can download teacher lesson plans, fact/info sheets, worksheets, and assessments. In addition, you can download a PowerPoint™ presentation that introduces each theme in the Whys of Taxes.


    Additional Financial Resources taken from

    In addition to economic and financial literacy associations, there are investment firms, banks, and government agencies who provide both online and offline material to help you weave financial literacy across the curriculum.


    • Council for Economic Education: EconEdLink Personal Finance
      • Includes lesson plans, up-to-date information, economic data and Web links for educators
      • Interactive tools and lessons for students
    • Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission (US):
      • Information, games and fun facts about money, saving and planning for the future
      • Curricula, lesson plans, tip sheets, guidance and helpful tools for teaching financial capability
      • Clearinghouse of federally-funded research reports, articles and data sets on financial capability and related topics
    • United States Mint: Financial Literacy
      • Activities and lesson plans about coin to promote basic economic understanding for students
    • Fox Business: The Centsables
      • A cable program support page with comic books dealing with financial literacy topics
    • Federal Reserve Bank (US): Lesson Plans
      • Lesson plans for K-12 dealing with financial literacy; includes a literature tie-in
      • Games and simulations for K-12 students
    •  Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company: The Mint
      • Interactive scenarios for kids and teens dealing with saving, spending, protecting, and entrepreneurship
    • H&R Block: Dollars and Sense
      • Provides and gathers ideas, news, tips, and tricks for teachers and students in the area of investing and savings
    • University of Nebraska- Omaha Center for Education: Economic Education Web
      • K-12 concepts and lessons plans for economic and financial literacy as well as links to data sets
      • Special THEN (Teach History and Economics in Education), a 4th grade curricular tie-in
    • Canadian Centre for Financial Literacy: Activity worksheets
      • A curriculum for financial literacy with a handbook and worksheets for adults or high schoolers
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