A Million Money Ideas
One of the first concepts young people learn is the value of money
in everyday life. From their first allowance to the entrepreneurship
of the lemonade stand, students learn how to plan, save, and spend.
CyberBee has been busy locating resources that will assist in teaching
and learning about money.
After your students have learned the basics about money, set up
some simulations for them to try. How would they plan for a Lemonade
Stand, a pet grooming business, or cookie store. Create teams and
let them think up their own names. You never know who will be the
next Donald Trump.
The Banking Kids Page
Crosswords, puzzles, and games teach younger children financial
literacy. For pre-teens, an interactive simulation allows them to
make an ATM transaction and checkbook entries. This is a good site
for teaching basic banking skills.
Banking Our Future
Learn to be money smart through this interactive banking site. The
closed caption interface allows for differentiated learning. At the
fourth and fifth grade level an alien lands on the planet earth and
discovers that money is needed to acquire gasoline for the spacecraft.
The alien takes the viewer through the concepts of banking. The elementary
level teaches the basics of banking, budgeting, savings and checking,
and the power of credit. Middle school students explore budgeting,
savings, checking, credit, and investing. High School students learn
about CDs, IRAs, and requirements for opening bank accounts. Practical
applications geared to the knowledge learned are included at each
level. The assessments that conclude the lessons provide immediate
feedback and are presented in a problem solving format. This inviting
site is well worth the visit.
Change Maker is a game that helps the user to learn how to make
change. First select a difficulty level that ranges from easy to
super brain. Then select a currency. The choices are United States,
Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom and Australia. An amount of sale and
amount paid is provided. Images of the currency are shown and the
user selects how much of each currency would provide the correct
changes. Try the activity using different currencies. This is another
great offering from Fun Brain.
Over 400 teacher-tested
economic lessons are available for immediate use in the classroom.
Each of the lessons includes a teacher's version
as well as a student's version and is designed to be delivered in
a variety of formats and classroom settings. There are also data
links with current economic information that can be used in conjunction
with many of the lessons.
H.I.P. Pocket Change
Make your own change, learn how coins are made, and find out the
latest news from the U.S. Mint. H.I.P. Pocket Change is a fabulous
site for elementary students who are interested in beginning a coin
collection. Download lesson plans with lots of ideas for using the
50 State Quarters Program.
Select a game depending on the currency. Then, total the money and match it to the card. It's a fun way to teach kids how to count money..
Money Games for Kids
Learn how money works with a range of free interactive games and activities that kids will love. Teachers will find excellent activities and practice exercises related to coins, prices, spending money, shopping and more. Open a lemonade stand, start a coffee shop, count coins, run a farm and enjoy all kinds of fun online games that will help kids learn about money.
Practical Money Skills for Life
Practical Money Skills for Life is designed to help educators, parents,
and students practice better money management. Lesson plans are arranged
by grade level for easy access. Icons are used to identify the various
kinds of teaching materials for speedy retrieval. Over ten calculators
are on hand compute to car loans, mortgages, long term savings, retirement,
and more. Several games allow students to test their skills in money
management decisions. This site is a good starting point with its
wealth of resources for all ages.
U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Visit the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing for
a fascinating look at currency. Choose from several lessons, including
of early currency, how notes are designed, or freedom symbols on
new bills. Print a color poster titled, Do You Know What’s
New About Your Money? Students will love exploring the newly designed
features of the $20 and $50 bills, creating their own note, detecting
a counterfeit bill, or playing a trivia game. Younger students can
put together a money puzzle, match the faces to notes, and identify
parts of currency. Don’t miss this cool government site.