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Indiana MoneyWise is dedicated to increasing financial literacy in Hoosiers of all ages. An important part of that mission is supporting teachers who incorporate personal finance in their classroom by hosting professional development workshops and providing financial literacy curriculum and resources. Listed below are some of those resources. Be sure to check our calendar of events for upcoming workshops and events!

Curriculum and Resources

Grade(s)

Subject(s)

Curriculum/Resource

K – 12

Credit, Debt, Saving, Spending, Budgeting, Banking, Investing, and more

BanjoTales
http://banjotales.com/

Do you want to motivate your students to get excited about their financial future? Traditional folk tales can help students discover why they need to develop financial skills. When students go beyond the traditional ending of a story, the possibilities are limited only by their imagination and your own. Stories can guide students as they learn how to spend, save, donate and invest. Begin to explore what happens after "happily ever after" and discover what it takes to create a happy financial future for story characters and your students.

K – 12

Credit, Debt, Saving, Spending, Budgeting, Banking, Investing, and more

Indiana Council for Economic Education (ICEE)
http://www.econed-in.org/

The ICEE is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to increasing economic literacy in Indiana. Its mission is to prepare students to become active citizens and productive member of our economy by providing them with the ability to make sound economic decisions.

The ICEE provides several resources for teachers, including Classroom Mini-Economy, Playdough Economics and the Indiana Stock Market Game. The ICEE also hosts regular professional development workshops for teachers.

K – 12

Credit, Debt, Saving, Spending, Budgeting, Banking, Investing, and more

Junior Achievement BizTown and Financial Park
http://www.jaindy.org/
http://www.jani.org/

Junior Achievement (JA) educates and inspires Indiana's youth
to value free enterprise, business,
and economics to improve the
quality of their lives. JA has curriculum for grades K-12 and provides hands-on learning experiences at BizTown and Finance Park. In BizTown, fifth graders have the opportunity to run a bank, manage a restaurant, read utility meters, write checks, and even to vote. In Finance Park, eighth graders also participate in a real life simulation as they purchase stocks, plan a family and more.

K – 12

Saving, Investing, Using Credit, Understanding the Stock Market, Buying Smart, Managing Money

Financial Fitness for Life
http://www.fffl.councilforeconed.org/

The Financial Fitness for Life Curriculum consists of high quality materials that assist students from kindergarten to grade 12 make better decisions for earning income, and spending, saving, borrowing, investing, and managing their money. The materials at the four levels (grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) focus on a fitness theme.

4 – 12

Saving, Earning, Investing, Stock Market, and more

Learning, Earning and Investing
http://lei.councilforeconed.org/

Learning, Earning and Investing is a comprehensive investor education program. This Web site offers a wide array of current data, investment education links, downloadable classroom visuals, interactive lessons and classroom-tested print lessons for students. Combined with the 16-lesson middle school print book and the 23-lesson high school print book, this curriculum is designed to teach the benefits of and strategies for long-term investing success. It's time for students to learn what smart investing is all about.

6 – 12

Investing, Fraud

FSI: Fraud Scene Investigator
http://www.wvsao.gov/suitableinvestments/

Fighting crime can teach you a lot. No matter how convincing a scam’s sales pitch may sound, there is always something that just doesn’t feel right. Fraud Scene Investigator is an interactive online game following the hero Kim as she digs out the truth about a million dollar investment scam. Along the way students discover more about companies, stock reports, investments and white collar crime.

6 – 12

Credit, Debt, Saving, Spending, Budgeting, Banking, Investing, and more

Risky Business: What Every Teenager Needs to Know About Living Smart
http://www.riskybusiness.councilforeconed.org/

This comprehensive educational package includes videos that show students how making well-informed decisions can help young people build a financially successful and more satisfying life. Each video is complemented with standards-based classroom lesson plans that teachers, parents and mentors can use to reinforce the concepts demonstrated in the videos.

6 – 12

Banking, Borrowing, Checking, Budgeting, Saving, Retirement Planning, Credit, Loans, Home Ownership

FDIC Money Smart for Young Adults
Click Here

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.

9 – 12

Credit, Debit, Spending, Budgeting

Celebrity Calamity
http://celebritycalamity.com/

In this casual video game, players become the financial manager for up and coming celebrities—Alice Albudget, Buster Buyin, and Missy Moolah—who spend beyond their means. Players must effectively use a bank account, debit card, and credit card to be successful.

9 – 12

Credit, Debt, Saving, Spending, Budgeting, Banking, Investing, and more

Financing Your Future
http://financingyourfuture.councilforeconed.org/

Financing Your Future is a complete personal finance program on DVD for high school teachers and their students. Each video is complemented with three standards-based classroom lesson plans that teachers, parents and mentors can use to reinforce the concepts demonstrated in the videos.

9 – 12

Saving, Investing

The Basics of Saving and Investing: Investor Education 2020  (PDF) 

This comprehensive four-unit curriculum guide covers the basics of saving and investing and is distributed for free by the Secretary of State's office in partnership with the Investor Protection Trust. Each unit contains lesson plans, activities, handouts and worksheets.

9 – 12

Financial Planning, Budgeting, Saving, Investing, Credit, Debt, Insurance, Careers, and more

High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP)
http://hsfpp.nefe.org/

Created by the National Endowment for Economic Education (NEFE), this comprehensive seven-unit student guide and instructor’s manual covers a wide range of personal finance topics and focuses on performance-based learning.

9 – 12, college

Credit, Debt, Saving, Spending, Budgeting, Banking, Investing, and more

Financial Football
Play Now

Created by VISA and the NFL and distributed for free through the Secretary of State's office, this interactive computer game tests students’ financial knowledge as they compete to gain yardage and score touchdowns. There are three age levels for the game as well as lesson plans for teachers.

9 – 12, college

Taxes

Understanding Taxes
http://www.irs.gov/app/understandingTaxes/index.jsp

Does teaching about taxes seem as intimidating as completing your yearly tax forms? Don't worry! The Understanding Taxes curriculum is designed to help you teach your students about taxes. Resources available include worksheets, classroom activities, and assessment pages as well as online interactive activities and simulations.

All

Credit, Debt, Saving, Spending, Budgeting, Banking, Investing, and more

Money as You Grow, developed by the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability, provides 20 essential, age-appropriate financial lessons

  • with corresponding activities
  • that kids need to know as they grow.

Written in down-to-earth language for children and their families, Money as You Grow will help equip kids with the knowledge they need to live fiscally fit lives. The lessons in Money as You Grow are based on more than a year of research, and drawn from dozens of standards, curricula, and academic studies.

All

Credit, Debt, Saving, Spending, Budgeting, Banking, Investing, and more

Financial Soccer
http://www.financialsoccer.com/

Financial Soccer is a fast-paced, multiple-choice question game, testing players’ knowledge of financial management skills as they advance down field, and try to score goals. There are three levels of the game: Amateur (ages 11 - 14), Semi Pro (ages 14 - 18) and World Class (ages 18+). Educators are encouraged to review and download the curriculum for students, before actual game play.

All

Credit

What’s My Score?
http://www.whatsmyscore.org/

The purpose of this website, created by VISA, is to educate young adults on the risks of using credit carelessly. This site shows students how to check their credit report and how to keep their credit score high.

All

Credit, Debt, Saving, Spending, Budgeting, Banking, Investing, and more

VISA Practical Money Skills for Life
http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/

To help students of all ages learn the essentials of personal finance, Visa has partnered with leading consumer advocates, educators, and financial institutions to create the Practical Money Skills program. On this site, educators, parents, and students can access free educational resources including personal finance articles, games, lesson plans for all ages, and more.

All

Budgeting, Saving, Spending, Financial Planning, Investing

Money Skills for Newlywed Couples (PDF)

In order to teach students how to financially prepare for the “real world,” some teachers have their students get married and plan a life together. While the Money Skills for Newlywed Couples guide was not originally created for this purpose, it can serve as a useful tool in teaching students what to expect when they get older.

All

Credit, Debt, Saving, Spending, Budgeting, Banking, Investing, and more

Federal Reserve Education
http://www.federalreserveeducation.org/

America’s central bank, the Federal Reserve, has several resources for teachers on their Federal Reserve Education site, including a searchable database of personal finance curriculum.

All

Credit, Debt, Saving, Spending, Budgeting, Banking, Investing, and more

Indiana Jump$tart Coalition
http://www.injumpstart.org/

Comprised of several organizations, government agencies, financial institutions, and corporations, this coalition exists to improve the personal financial literacy of all Hoosiers by promoting and teaching personal financial skills, particularly to Indiana's youth, so they can make informed, responsible financial decisions for a lifetime.