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Financial Literacy Month in the Classroom

Financial literacy is a critical skill for students to develop as they prepare to navigate the adult world. Understanding budgeting, saving, investing, and debt management can empower young people to make informed decisions, avoid costly mistakes, and set themselves up for long-term financial stability and success. This week, we’re sharing resources related to personal finance that will help you equip the next generation with the knowledge and tools they need to achieve their financial goals and take control of their economic futures. 

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Grades 6-9


FutureSmart is an interactive personal finance course designed for students in grades 6–8. The three-and-a-half-hour course is correlated to standards and covers a variety of topics, including budgeting, goal-setting, and planning for the future.

Grades 2-12


Teach real-world financial literacy with this game-based learning tool. This choose-your-own-adventure game uses real-life simulations and situations, such as balancing a budget or paying an unexpected bill, to help students learn to prioritize spending.

Grades 9-12

Financial Literacy Resources

These financial lessons are targeted at English language learners but are valuable for all students. The six lesson plans—which each include a budget builder calculator and writing—cover topics like managing money, credit, debt, banking, and more.

Grades 6-11

Free Money Basics Tutorial

Learn money management skills with this thirteen-step tutorial, which covers topics such as money management, banking, and retirement planning. Lessons include quizzes, worksheets, interactive calculators, and informative articles.

Grades 8-12

Plan Your Dream Prom

Budget and make a spending plan for prom by answering ten easy questions. Begin with information on how long you have to plan and your expected budget, then include projected expenses for a dress or suit, transportation, tickets, food, and more.

Grades 8-12


Try your hand at this game that highlights the difficult choices facing low-income earners. During the game, players make choices about income options and necessary spending like healthcare, education, and living conditions until the money is gone.

Grades 2-12

Education for the Real World

EVERFI provides free digital curricula for real-world skills—including financial literacy—through interactive, game-based lessons. Each unit is correlated to standards and includes videos, games, digital lessons, and a teacher guide.

Grades 8-12

A Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin & Blockchain Technology

This infographic provides definitions, background, and facts about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Scroll through to learn about the different types of cryptocurrencies, their uses, and how to obtain and use Bitcoin. The site also includes an article.

Grades 3-12

Dollar Street

Dollar Street helps students visualize what different levels of income look like across the world by offering a searchable visual database of information from 264 families across 50 countries. Take a quick tour to learn how to use this interactive.

Grades K-6

Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids

These animated videos provide lessons on saving and earning money, entrepreneurship, and charity. Each includes classroom activity guides that offer complete details for teaching with the videos and correlation to financial literacy standards.

This Week at TeachersFirst

Join us this Tuesday for our next free OK2Ask virtual workshop. We’re also sharing a related blog post and information about a unique global collaboration opportunity. 

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Tuesday, 4/16, 7 PM ET

OK2Ask: Multilingual Magic: Enhancing Communication and Expression for Diverse Learners

Join us as we empower educators to create inclusive learning experiences that honor and celebrate linguistic diversity! By the end of this workshop, you’ll have a toolkit of edtech strategies that will enhance both your teaching and student success.

Learn about tools that facilitate language acquisition »

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Infusing Technology Blog

Dollars and Sense: Integrating Financial Literacy Across the Curriculum

As we celebrate Financial Literacy Month in April, we must find ways to seamlessly integrate financial concepts into our students' everyday classroom experiences. This recently added blog post offers many fantastic financial finds!

Integrate financial literacy in all core subjects »

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Make global connections

Across the World Once a Week

Make connections beyond your classroom and try out this simple, social way for students to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals from students worldwide. Your class will answer one question per week about where you live.

Explore the details about XW1W and join the journey »

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