Some states, such as Ohio, have an economic and financial literacy requirement in their Ohio Core state standards to be taught within social studies or another class. In their state, teachers certified in social studies, business education, marketing education, and family and consumer science are all licensed to teach financial literacy. These teachers can help develop a curriculum starting in the earliest grades to make sure these literacies are woven seamlessly throughout the curriculum at all grade levels.
The Council for Economic Education has developed a set of standards for financial literacy that start in grade three.
These Standards Include:
- Earning Income
- Buying Goods and Services
- Using Credit
- Financial Investment
- Protecting and Insuring
Of course, financial literacy standards are also found in the National Business Association’s standards, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences standards, and state standards, such as the ones in Ohio, Oklahoma (7-12), Nebraska (K-12) and New Jersey (4-12). There are even sets of standards, such as the Jump$tart Coalition’s National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education that can serve to help you embed economic and financial literacy across the curriculum.
As a great tie-in to these standards, Discovery Education has built a great series of streaming videos that can augment your financial readiness curriculum called, "Financial LIteracy: Teach It!" Below, I've included some links and descriptions of these videos. They do require that your school or district be subscribed to Discovery Education in order to view them.
Financial Literacy for Students: K-2
- The Meaning of Money
- Counting Bills and Coins
- Writing Out Money: Decimals and Dollar Signs
- Earning Power
- Needs Versus Wants
- Saving for a Goal
- What Do Banks Do?
- Creating a Budget
- Savings Accounts
- Checking Accounts
- How to Use a Debit Card and ATM
- Security and Banking Online
- Calculating Interest
- Risks and Rewards of Credit Cards
- Loans: Car, School and Home
- Long-term Savings and Investing
- Money As You Learn: Common Core aligned math lessons that teach financial concepts.
- United States Federal Reserve Bank: Worksheets and lesson plans for K-12.
- Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission: Information, games, fun facts, curricula, lesson plans and more to aid in teaching financial literacy.
- Your Life, Your Money, What is Financial Literacy? by PBS.
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