Lesson Plans and Resources

Hit the Road: A Financial Adventure Game

For grades 5-9, a throwback to The Oregon Trail® type game play, NCUA’s “Hit the Road” is a fun and interactive platform for teaching young people money management skills. While on a virtual road trip across the country, you must save and spend your money wisely to complete challenges along the way.

The game is available in both English and Spanish.

The Piggy Bank Primer: Saving and Budgeting

For grades 3-5, through a story and activities, the student book introduces students to economic concepts such as saving, spending, budgeting, wants, goods, services and opportunity cost. (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

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Abraham Lincoln and the $5 Note

For grades 5-8, students participate in a puzzle activity to identify leadership characteristics that Abraham Lincoln possessed. They review the changes in the redesigned $5 note and consider how Lincoln’s leadership characteristics contribute to the fact that he is pictured on the $5 note. Students look at a timeline of Lincoln’s life and identify significant events in his road to the White House. They play a game to review content learned in the lesson. (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis) Download


$50 Note Lesson Plan

$50 Bill Lesson Plan - Image

A lesson plan designed to teach students about the features of the redesigned $50 note. The plan offers educators the opportunity to teach U.S. history, economics and language arts at the National Standard level. In section three of the lesson, students are asked to write an essay about a person, monument, symbol or scene they would like to include on their ideal redesigned currency. (U.S. Department of the Treasury / Federal Reserve Board / Bureau of Engraving and Printing)  Download


Money Math

Money Math: Lessons for Life is a four-lesson curriculum supplement for middle school math classes, teaching grade 7-9 math concepts using real-life examples from personal finance. (U.S. Department of the Treasury)  Download


Money Smart

Money Smart is a comprehensive financial education curriculum designed to help individuals outside the financial mainstream develop financial skills and positive banking relationships. (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)


The financial education resources are available for three groups:

  • Money Smart for Adults
  • Money Smart for Young Adults
  • Money Smart for Small Business

To learn more, visit the Money Smart Web site.
In addition, Money Smart audio podcasts are available at http://www.fdicmspodcast.com/info.html


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