Lessons » Lesson 1: Money Matters

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Teaching Your Preschooler About Money

(Source: Thrive By Five)

Teach your preschooler the basic lessons about money with the Credit Union National Association’s Thrive by Five curriculum.

Yard Sale by James Stevenson

(Source: Money Management International)

Designed for students in grades K-3, this lesson defines goods as objects that satisfy people's wants and explains that spending occurs when people buy goods and services.

JA's Dollars and $ense™

Junior Achievement's Elementary School Program

JA Dollars and $ense teaches students about earning, spending, sharing, and saving money, and businesses they can start or jobs they can perform to earn money. The program includes six after-school, volunteer-led activities.

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Share Draft/Checking Account Basics

(Source: Credit Union National Association)

This 21-page series of worksheets explains the basics of a Savings Account and a Checking Account and provides exercises to help students understand the concepts.

Math and Taxes: A Pair to Count On

(Source: Money Math - Unit 3)

Designed for students in grades 6-8, this lesson plan explains the concepts of budgeting and saving money to make future purchases.

Blue Bullet BizKid$ Curriculum

Teachers, parents, credit union staff and volunteers can use the financial education curriculum below. The online curriculum includes instructions on how to teach Biz Kid$ lessons to children. Five core Biz Kid$ lesson plans in expanded formats in both English and Spanish are available. The curriculum can be downloaded, unzipped, and then burned to CD for distribution.


Your Financial Plan: Where It All Begins

(Source: NEFE Unit One)

Learn about the financial planning process and create your own personal financial plan.

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90% of Americans who own pets also buy their animals Christmas gifts.

According to a poll, most people won't pick up money lying on the sidewalk unless it is at least a dollar.

Five percent of lottery ticket buyers buy 51% of all tickets sold.

People leave bigger tips on sunny days than they do on dreary days.

A typical $1 bill lasts about 22 months before it needs to be replaced.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing produces 38 million notes a day (about $541 million). 95% of that is used to replace old bills.

About 48% of the bills printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing are $1 bills.

Martha Washington is the only woman whose portrait has appeared on a U.S. currency note (a $1 Silver Certificate in 1886, 1891 & 1896).

If you had one billion dollars and spent $1,000 a day, it would take you 2,749 years to spend it all.

A Quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, one more than a dime.

There is a tiny "spider" hidden in the top right corner on the front of a one dollar bill (on the shield of the "1").

"Novus Ordo Seclorum" - the Latin phrase shown below the pyramid on the one dollar bill - means "New Order of The Ages".

Coins usually survive in circulation for about 30 years.

A nickel is the only U.S. coin that is called by its metal content, even though it is only 25 percent nickel (the rest is copper).