Grades K-12 Financial Literacy ResourcesResources for individuals interested in financial literacy for kindergarten through grade twelve students.
This electronic resource library for grades K–12 provides links to programs that are appropriate for use in the classroom or at home as a resource for students, teachers, and parents who want to increase financial literacy. This is a partial list of the wide universe of resources available to the public. To submit a financial literacy program for consideration of being included in this electronic resource library, please contact Roxane Fidler, Education Programs Consultant, by phone at 916-323-4861 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Banking on Our Future The mission of the Banking on Our Future (BOOF) program is to execute a global delivery system for financial education for youth ages 9–18 at no cost to school districts, with a focus on urban, low-wealth communities. This program is sponsored by Operation Hope.
Banzai This free resource offers teachers and students lessons in financial planning using real-life scenarios such as paying auto insurance, dealing with an account overdraft, paying a parking ticket, and budgeting for travel. These hands-on activities develop understanding for students in grades seven through twelve as they face the challenges of planning for life’s expenses.
Bite of Reality – Bite of Reality is an in-person, hands-on simulation that will teach teens how to make financial decisions.
BizKid$ BizKid$ is a contemporary, fast-paced series aimed at children and young adults that currently airs on most PBS stations nationwide. This site offers video clips from the series based on essential financial literacy and economic concepts. It also offers curriculum in English and Spanish to accompany some of the clips.
Budget Challenge & H&R Block Budget Challenge Budget Challenge® is a program for young people to learn how to manage money in a real life setting. We use a Learning-By-Doing approach to put students in the driver’s seat in using Road Test for Personal Finance®.
Calculator Plus is a comprehensive source of free online financial calculators. This site includes calculators to estimate mortgage payments as well as credit card and auto loans.
The California CareerZone site includes an online budgeting exercise called “Make Money Choices” that enables students to build a budget that supports the lifestyle they would like to achieve as adults, and then links those budget choices to occupational and educational options.
The California Council on Economic Education provides economic and financial literacy resources for K-12 teachers and students, including lesson plans, student contests, and curricula programs.
The California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) Kids Page This page provides links to governmental agencies and community organizations to help children learn about money and money management.
The California Department of Real Estate (DRE) funded the development of educational videos and workbooks to help prepare young adults for the experiences of renting and buying a home. The videos are approximately 20 minutes in length with closed captioning for the hearing impaired. Topics include financial preparation, the importance of good credit, and budgeting. These resources are available free of charge.
Chalkboard Kidz This financial literacy resource provides interactive modules for students to learn financial concepts they need to succeed in life. These financial literacy modules examine key concepts such as wants vs. needs, goal-setting, creating a budget, investing, banking, and community support, among others.
CompareCards The goal of these free, downloadable lesson plans is to educate children between the ages of 6-18 about building credit and credit card ownership while emphasizing the importance of building good credit and maintaining good credit standing.
Credit Card Insider Financial literacy knowledge is an important tool for young people to possess as they plan for college and career. The lesson plans provided focus on learning for students in grades 7-12, examining topics such as savings and investment, credit and accounting, and planning for college.
Current Economic Climate is Junior Achievement USA's financial literacy program supplements to help students understand the current economic climate and how they can succeed, regardless of the prevailing financial circumstances. These various programs, for students from elementary school through high school, describe the importance of proactive financial planning as a means of preparing for a changing economy. Students will also be able to recall and apply specific strategies for spending less and saving more.
Debt.Org Student information Web pages offer information regarding financial aid, understanding budgeting, and navigating student debt repayment.
EverFi is an online education company that provides free, web-based financial literacy curriculum for students in grades four through twelve. The interactive curriculum is completed online and allows teachers to digitally monitor student progress.
The FDIC’s Money Smart for Young Adults curriculum helps youth ages 12–20 learn the basics of handling their money and finances, including how to create positive relationships with financial institutions. Money Smart for Young Adults consists of eight instructor-led modules. Each module includes a fully scripted instructor guide, participant guide, and overhead slides. The materials also include an optional computer-based scenario that allows students to complete realistic exercises based on each module. The curriculum is free, aligned with state educational standards, and there are no copyright restrictions.
FHA Mortgage Center.com is an expert resource providing consumers with a wealth of information on FHA home financing. This resource provides definitions for terms commonly found in mortgage and home financing circles.
Financial FYI Each week this program provides short, informative, financial news items, business statistics, economic research, and online polls to encourage financial discussions.
Foundations U® provides free tools for students and their families in planning for and managing the cost of college and defining personal financial success once a student’s educational goals are met. Key tools include understanding interest fees, comparing the cost of living, budgeting, a mortgage and investing calculator, and planning for retirement.
Futurebuck offers a series of online modules that teach the essentials of financial education to students in grades 9-12. The modules focus on topics such as student loans, credit cards, identity theft, and investment/retirement. Test metrics are available to teachers to monitor student course results.
Hands on Banking
Hands on Banking / El futuro en tus manos is a fun, free financial education program created by Wells Fargo. This innovative, award-winning program provides all the basics of money management in an easy-to-use format that's ideal for the classroom. The animated, narrated lessons in English and Spanish for four age groups (from 4th grade through adults) is non-commercial, meet educational standards, and are packed with valuable financial tools and tips.
High School Financial Planning Program This curriculum includes a student manuals, an instructor’s guide, and a number of Web pages that offer a large, continually growing collection of resources, articles, and financial tools for teachers, students, and parents.
HowTheMarketWorks provides free, real-time, streaming stock market games. This platform is designed for high school and middle school classes each year, offering financial calculators, lesson plans, videos, glossaries, and trading ideas.
It's My Life: Money offers tips on teaching financial basics to young people through topics such as earning money through first jobs and allowances, managing the piggybank, and understanding basic budgeting.
Jump$tart's aim is to identify high-quality personal finance materials for educational use. The clearinghouse is a database of personal finance resources available from a variety of education providers such as government, business, and non-profit organizations.
Junior Achievement provides a number of programs focused to support students in understanding saving, spending, charitable giving, goal setting, and planning for financial success.
Knoweldge@Wharton High School provides lesson plans, a video glossary, articles, and other resources to support high school teachers, students, and families in deepening their understanding of financial literacy.
Manage Your Money Week is a week-long effort by state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, unions, schools, libraries, financial institutions, and financial management associations to provide free money management education events and promote understanding of budgeting, credit, home purchase, retirement planning, and starting a business.
Money Math: Lessons for Life Money Math: Lessons for Life is a free four-lesson curriculum supplement designed for students grades 7–9 to learn math concepts using real-life examples from personal finance. The downloadable book features a teacher’s guide with lesson plans, and student reproducible activity pages.
Money Talks for Teens provides resources for teens to become more fiscally responsible, including: appropriate banking and saving practices, proper credit use, and employment tips.
MoneyWi$e a national financial literacy partnership of Consumer Action and Capital One, is the first program of its kind to combine free, multilingual financial education materials, curricula, and teaching aids with regional meetings and roundtables to train community-based organization staff so that consumers at all income levels and walks of life can be reached.
Mountain America Credit Union’s Youth Center offers lesson plans, interactive games, and other materials to educate children in grades Kindergarten through twelve in building money management skills.
MyMoney.gov MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are planning to buy a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401k, the resources on MyMoney.gov can help.
National Endowment for Financial Education Practical resources and materials specially created with educators and facilitators in mind.
National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) The NFEC Framework for Teaching Personal Finance provides benchmarks that assist educators in becoming more effective instructors of financial literacy, offering tools to plan and present lessons that improve students’ financial capabilities.
Next Gen Personal Finance offers teachers of grades 9-12, free, ready-to-implement lessons, activities, and other resources to teach financial literacy concepts in areas such as saving, investing, managing checking accounts, budgeting, and planning for college.
Personal Finance Glossary provides more than 700 financial terms and definitions.
The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is a nonprofit consumer organization with a two-part mission—consumer information and consumer advocacy.
Practical Money Skills For Life is aimed at adults and youths, consumers, and educators. It is offered in three languages—English, Spanish, and Chinese—and consists of award-winning curriculum that has been teacher tested and approved. Visa supplements its Practical Money Skills for Life program with another initiative: Financial Football —a creative and interactive approach to financial literacy education in the classroom.
Priceless Pointers is invested in helping credit cardholders nurture and protect their financial wellbeing. Budgeting, handling debt, and financial management; and suggestions on guarding the privacy and security of your personal account information and your financial transactions are included in this series of financial tips.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has developed a financial literacy curriculum that offers lesson plans accompanied by interactive handouts and multimedia components. The module topics include: saving and investing, career exploration, planning and money management, as well as lessons focused on environmental sustainability. The modules span grades K–12.
The Sallie Mae Scholarship Search Tool and College Planning Resources® are free tools for students and their families that provide access to scholarships and budgeting tools to plan for the cost of college.
$ave USA presents interactive lessons that focus on insurance and risk, helping students understand risk, insurance terms, and what kind of insurance is most beneficial. This online financial literacy program offered by Junior Achievement USA is targeted to support upper elementary, middle, and high school students.
The Springboard FIT Academy provides personal financial online courses on budgeting, credit, and identity theft prevention. The online courses offer pre and post tests, videos, and other resources in improving personal financial literacy, including an eBook library with educational material available for free download.
The Stock Market Game gives students the chance to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in an on-line portfolio. They think they're playing a game. You know they're learning economic and financial concepts they'll use for the rest of their lives.
Teens and Money This training series is designed primarily for parents but may also be useful for older teens. The materials cover budgeting, figuring out if a purchase is a "need" or a "want," banking, writing checks, savings, credit cards, credit reports, driving, and cell phones.
VA Mortgage Center.com is an organization dedicated to providing mortgage services to United States military veterans. This resource includes an extensive glossary of lending and financial terms.