Consumer Education Teacher Resources

Whether they know it or not, your students are consumers in a larger economy. It’s never too early to equip them with the skills they need for understanding and applying personal finance—and for protecting themselves and their money.

For the basics on consumer education, use an all-inclusive lesson on financial literacy, or pass out a full resource book to older learners. Make the lesson engaging with an interactive game that teaches financial concepts with football or a video that explains how consumer behavior affects the greater economy.

Creating a budget is an important skill for young economists, as is understanding the essentials of opportunity costs in their everyday lives. Apply the concepts to learners’ real lives with a lesson on making good financial choices or a unit that incorporates real-world examples.

E-Commerce has made it easier to be a modern consumer, but pupils must be armed with financial protection. Teach them about their rights as consumers and the best ways to maintain their privacy when spending, investing, or saving their money.

Student often complain that they’ll never use school lessons in the real world, but in the case of personal finance, they’d be wrong!

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Practical Money Skills: Lessons for Special Needs Students

For Students 6th - 12th
Help special needs learners develop the money management skills they need to prepare for living on their own. The collection of 10 lessons cover budgeting, shopping, banking, saving and investing, understanding credit, and much more....
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Crash Course: Economics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Nudge Theory, Game Theory, and Oligopoly? A 35-part video Crash Course goes beyond supply and demand and provides young economists with everything they need to know about economics. Based on the 2015 AP Economics guidelines, the...
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Katrina's Classroom: Teaching Money Skills for Life

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Imagine a hurricane teaching high schoolers about financial preparedness! The four lessons in this collection are based on the personal stories in Katrina’s Classroom: Financial Lessons from a Hurricane video. Topics include goal...
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Making Finance Personal: Project-Based Learning for the Personal Finance Classroom

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Cash in on a collection of lessons that use a project-based learning approach to teach high schoolers how to manage their personal finances. The 11 lessons include detailed instructions, as well as printable forms, and rubrics for the...
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Practical Money Skills Grades 3-6

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Teach elementary school learners money management skills with a collection of four lessons that cover allowances and spending plans, saving and investing, spending, comparison shopping, and messaging in advertising. The final lesson...
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Practical Money Skills: Loans and Expenses

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A dollar saved is a dollar earned—but what about a dollar spent? Guide young financial wizards through important economic decisions in their near future.
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Practical Money Skills: Decisions and Goals

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Equip teenagers with the knowledge they need to make well-founded and well-rounded financial decision, both now and in their economic future.
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The Fed Explained

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Animated videos, colorful graphics, and catchy examples help young economists gain an understanding of the Federal Reserve and its role in the Reserve System. The nine resources in the collection cover such basic economic concepts as...
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Consumer Economics: Building a Budget

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
I think most of us adults could use a tip or two on how to budget our personal finances. Pass on some valuable knowledge to your pupils as they move into the real world. The presentation provides three easy steps to creating a personal...
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Analyzing Advertising

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Some ads really make products look great, and even better than they really are! Kids get into small groups to research and compare marketing used by various cell phone companies. They analyze advertisements, carrier options, and cell...
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Pictures and Slogans Persuade an Audience

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students discover relationships between advertisement and persuasive techniques.  In this literacy and consumer education lesson, students select magazine or newspaper advertisements that use symbols, pictures, and slogans to persuade...
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Learning about Money with the List-Group-and-Label Strategy

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Learners explore what money is and does. In this beginning economics and consumer education instructional activity, students work in a group to make a list of the things money can buy. Learners add services to their list after the...
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Marriage and Financial Goals, Budgeting Strategies

For Teachers 7th - 9th
There is no more useful life skill to learn than budgeting and setting financial goals. It's math that is used by every person, everyday. Learners examine the responsibilities and costs involved in family economics. Through a series of...
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Rental Agreement Lingo

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The first time you sit down to sign a rental agreement is quite an experience. Prepare your class for that inevitable moment with a lesson on rental agreement lingo. They read a rental agreement, fill out a lingo worksheet, and then...
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Insurance Quotes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
You're in high school and you just got the coolest car ever! But, now you need to start thinking about car insurance. Luckily, your teacher prepared you by engaging you in a life skills instructional activity like this one. The class...
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The Credit Safari

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How cool, an interactive personal finance game! Young consumers play a real-life scenario game to practice making credit decisions. They play the game then discuss good and bad credit choices. The scenarios revolve around the use of a...
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Avatar, King of the Box Office?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Kids examine top grossing films of all time to determine if they deserve that title or not. They use the Consumer Price Index, the GDP Deflator, and a data adjustment related to current and past inflation rates to calculate which film...
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Consumerism Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 5th - 6th
In this social studies activity, students discover how to be an informed consumer by first reading 10 questions pertaining to marketing, advertising and purchasing choices. Students use Internet searches to find the answers. There are...
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Identity Theft & Consumer Protection

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This presentation discusses two very important consumer-related topics: identity theft and financial contracts. The first part of the slide show illuminates ways in which personal information can be stolen and used for fraudulent...
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My Credit Card Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Remember all those credit card tables lined up on your college campus? So alluring and dangerous, if you don't know what you're doing. Prepare your pre-college attendees for life by offering a lesson plan on credit management. They...
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All The Bell & Whistles

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young adults are so eager to get that first cell phone. And, cell phones have so many cool extras! Learners conduct real-life research to determine which cell phone carrier offers the best deals on things like wall paper, ringtones, and...
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It’s an Ad, Ad, Ad, Ad World

For Teachers 9th - 12th
While this isn't an art instructional activity, it does delve into the world of visual ads, advertising, and media. Consumer-savvy upper graders will discuss the impact of visual media on their consumer appetites and overall perceptions....
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Surviving or Thriving with Roommates

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Living on your own is hard, especially when you have to live with roommates. Discuss the importance of shared living situations and how to make them as good as possible with your class. They brainstorm what makes a good roommate, ways to...
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Cell Phone Interview

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Are there benefits to comparison shopping? Yes, even with cell phones. It's important to know which carrier is best and why. Learners interview a family member about his choice in cell phone carriers, and compare that person's choice to...

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