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Financial Literacy: Free Resources
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Here are some free personal finance courses and resources. Scroll to the bottom of this post for some free, downloadable readers about money

High School Financial Planning ProgramDesigned by the National Endowment for Financial Education, these materials for middle and high school age, come in six units that cover Money Management, Borrowing, Earning Power, Investing, Financial Services, and Insurance. Register at the site and you can download the booklets or order print copies.

Next Gen Personal Finance: Offers a free set of online lessons covering personal finance basics. The curriculum, published by the non-profit Center for Financial Capability, is presented in a series of units that include text and video resources, and activities.

Practical Money SkillsFeatures teachers guides and activities on money management for grades K - 12. Lessons for the earliest learners introduce money (what it is and how to earn it), then moves on to such topics as savings, loans, credit, budgeting and investing. There are 22 lessons for high school. 

CompareCards.comThis credit card comparison site has free lessons for middle school and high school students on the basics of credit, credit cards and investing.

BanzaiThis site teaches key concepts in personal finance by presenting students with a number of real life scenarios. Tasks to be completed include paying rent, understanding your paycheck (taxes withheld, direct deposit, gross and net income), budgeting for gas, groceries and other expenses. 

Money Wise Teen, a series of financial literacy video lessons created by the California Council on Economic Education. Designed for middle- and high-school students, the animated vignettes cover basic economics topics such as scarcity, budgeting, credit, compound interest, and paying for college. The 10 video lessons are available on the Money Wise Teen YouTube channel; there's also an accompanying 84-page PDF Teachers Guide.

Financial Football: Players gain yards and score touchdowns by correctly answering financial questions. There are three age levels to choose from: Rookie (ages 11–14), Pro (ages 14–18) or Hall of Fame (ages 18+). For each age group, there are downloadable lesson guides with discussion questions, activities, quizzes and other exercises. Combined with the game, this seems like something that might work well in a group setting or homeschool co-op.

Live "Stock" AdventureA savings and investing game to download, played with a standard deck of cards.

Saving and Investing for Students - U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission PDF e-book


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