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### The Importance of Financial Literacy

There's something really rewarding about teaching financial literacy. My class could really be named "How not to get ripped off" because of how strongly I feel about teaching money awareness. There are so many ways students can get in trouble financially and I love helping them avoid these pitfalls.

We start the year with a "Wants vs. Needs" activity, followed by a conversation about banking fees. So many of my students have accounts at banks that charge them fees! I nip that in the bud pronto. We then learn how to add transactions to a paper checkbook, then move into a digital checkbook. I am always surprised when my seniors don't automatically know what column - debit or credit - things like paychecks, ATM withdrawals and purchases should go in. I love teaching them things that directly apply to their lives.

After completing a few checkbook activities on paper, I brought my students to the library to make their digital checkbooks. Last year I did the same activity, only we used Excel. This year I decided to use Google Sheets to make it easier for me to grade. Once my students were finished with their sheets, they shared them with me. I then checked that the formulas were correct by adding a few transaction amounts and seeing if the equations correctly changed the totals.

We also complete this checkbook task cards activity. A check register acts as an answer sheet and students can complete the tasks in any order. A simple rubric makes grading super easy.

More Consumer Math activities:
A while ago, a friend had sent me some information about a partnership between Donors Choose and PWC Earn Your Future. There is a way to earn \$500 for every 2 modules of their free financial literacy curriculum 15 or more students complete. I'm not sure yet of the details (there were a few broken links), but I finally found the page that gave me access to the curriculum units. It looks awesome!  After entering my information, up popped A TON of FREE financial literacy printables and other things. Here is the link if you'd like to check it out:

If you have followed by blog for any amount of time, you know how strongly I feel about math word walls. I recently made a math word wall for financial literacy that comes in both print and digital form.

 digital financial literacy word wall

Clicking on each of the images brings you to another room where the image is enlarged. Here is the savings account room:

 digital financial literacy word wall

The word wall comes in print color and print black & white in the same file.

 financial literacy word wall (printable version)

I also compiled a bunch of activities we use throughout the year in this Consumer Math bundle