Check out our winning lesson plans!
Recently, WeAreTeachers and H&R Block Dollars & Sense asked teachers nationwide to share their best financial literacy lessons. The outpouring of ideas was impressive, but three entries rose to the top.
Congratulations to our winners:
Grand prize: Keyona Nwaolu
Second-place: Ruth Gale-Paredez
Third-place: Diana Shay Diehl
See the top lesson plans now!
Keyona Nwaolu: "The End & The Beginning!"
Students will create a portfolio reflecting their life after high school graduation. The main parts of the portfolio include: Getting a job, Getting a place to live, Getting a vehicle, getting insured, investing, & creating a budget.
Anthony Dezio: "Road Trip."
Students will create a custom itinerary for a road trip across the country, calculating driving distances and costs for gas, hotels, admission tickets and food. Students will also use conversion factors to convert costs into daily rates.
Lisa Jahnke: "Reality Store."
The Reality Store is designed to give students a glimpse of what it is like to live and work in the real world. Students will be researching a career for several weeks. They will use that career and the income to go through a month's expenses.
Michelle Rosencrans: "Economics in Real Life."
Students become fully engaged in this project that not only covers CCSS in math, social studies, reading, writing, listening and speaking, but also gives students an opportunity to experience real life responsibilities that they will face as adults.
Pam Pleas: “Can I live on what I'll make?”
This lesson/unit ties career research to wages, taxes, and a personal budget plan to determine how students will live on a starting salary in a career of interest to them.