Money, Banking & Financial Markets Activities for High School

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Helping high school students form a better understanding of money, banking, and financial markets will make them more competent and critical citizens. This lesson offers activities that will support your instruction around these themes.

Teaching Economics in High School

No matter how your instruction includes the study of economics, facilitating a deeper understanding of money and markets in your students is an important part of your job.

First of all, when students understand money, banking, and financial markets, they are better equipped to set personal financial goals and achieve them thoughtfully. Secondly, students with a strong understanding of these aspects of economics will have a more nuanced perspective on current events and history.

Teaching students about money, banking, and financial markets will be more memorable if you incorporate activities into your instruction. The activities in this lesson appeal to a variety of learning styles and strengths while helping students understand these themes.

Money Activities

The activities in this section are oriented specifically toward helping students learn more about money.

Personal and Family Budgets

Part of learning about money means learning how to budget appropriately. Have students work in partnerships for this activity. Give each pair a hypothetical personal or family income to think about.

Have them list all of their monthly expenditures and figure out a budget that would work for their salary. They should find a way to represent their income and expenditures graphically. Let students share their graphics and discuss similarities and differences among budget possibilities and priorities, as well as challenges in budgeting.

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