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Freebie Lessons & Activities

Here are a few fun freebie lesson plans from our college readiness resources. Enjoy!



Where’s Your Pot of Gold?

Lucky the Leprechaun is always chasing rainbows. He believes that there’s a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow, and if he could just find it he’d be rich! So far, Lucky hasn’t had any luck. Like Lucky, will your students forever be chasing rainbows, hoping to find their pot of gold? Relying on luck is not a good way to build wealth and financial security. In this fun freebie from The 21st Century Student’s Guide to Financial Literacy – Getting Personal, students learn the differences between income and wealth, and why building wealth is key to long term financial security.



Happy Valentine’s Day 2017:  ♥Faux Fiancee Financial Compatibility Challenge♥

When you marry, your financial future is all in with that other person. For the most part, their after-marriage debts are your debts. Your financial success is their financial success. It’s the ultimate share! Blinded by love, most couples head down the aisle having had zero discussion about how they’ll handle money. That’s pretty crazy considering that, according to experts, the third most common reason for divorce in the U.S. is money issues. Moreover, it’s usually not a lack of money, it’s a lack of financial compatibility. In this fun lesson from The 21st Century Student’s Guide to Financial Literacy – Getting Personal, students pair up as faux fiancees to compare their money goals and management skills discovering whether they’re a match made in financial heaven — or if their lack of financial compatibility could be a deal breaker.


It’s importashutterstock_75295444nt for students to know a bit about barter because it helps them understand the importance of money as a medium of exchange. Barter was the beginning of trade and the source from which modern commerce springs. Barter has fallen out of use today because it is an inefficient economic system. This fun activity from The 21st Century Student’s Guide to Financial Literacy Going Global brings home the realities of the barter system. In this lesson students try to find a double coincidence of wants — a requirement for a successful barter.


 21st CSGFL2 - Cover Coming Soon: Home is Where the Lease or Mortgage Is

The pros and cons of home ownership have long been debated. Choosing between owning a home and renting is an important financial decision because, although buying a home requires taking on a significant amount of debt, owning a home has a huge impact on how quickly and successfully build wealth and financial security. In this lesson from The 21st Century Student’s Guide to Financial Literacy – Getting Personal, students explore the benefits and challenges of homeownership.


      How is a Planner Like a Radar?

Using a planner as part of a daily routine is one of the best ways students can keep track of due dates and deadlines, and plan ahead for particularly busy days. It’s a great habit to develop which actually reduces students’ stress levels. If only they would believe it! Here’s a fun article from The Middle School Student’s Guide to Ruling the World! Work Habits and Organizational Skills getting students to think of their planner as a sort-of radar that enables them to monitor and control what’s entered their academic “air space”.

Where's My Pot Of Gold? Wealth Disparity in AmericaWhere’s My Pot of Gold? Wealth Disparity In America

The terms income inequality and wealth disparity are frequently in the news. What do these terms mean and why do they matter? Your students should know a little about these important issues. This short worksheet from The 21st Century Student’s Guide to Financial Literacy – Going Global is a great place to start!


College KnowledgeSix Last Minute Activities for Teaching College Knowledge

Congratulations! Your students are moving up! In just a few short weeks they will be on the path to college. What kinds of obstacles do they face to postsecondary education? In this fun lesson from The 21st Century Student’s Guide to College, students consider their college knowledge profiles. Are they a Procrastinator? Empty Pockets? The Next Big Thing? Then the instructor helps students select from a variety of activities to advance their college knowledge so they can plan early and create a path that avoids their personal obstacles to a college education.

FL-cover     The Trait to Innovate

What if aviation engineering never progressed any further than Orville and Wilbur Wright’s original version? Almost none of the products we use, medicines we take, or appliances we rely on to make our lives easier, safer, or more enjoyable are in their original invention form. Over time, they have been revised and reworked by people other than the inventor, to be better and to meet the changing needs of society. Financial literacy includes understanding and appreciating the value of innovation. In a lesson from The 21st Century Student’s Guide to Financial Literacy Going Global, students explore the diverse traits of innovators and consider whether they personally have what it takes to innovate. Students reflect on themselves as products in R&D (that’s Research and Development).