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Financial Fitness For Life - Student Workbook, Grades 3-5
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ISBN: 978-1-56183-693-2

Are your elementary school students prepared to make sound economic decisions in the ways of income, spending, saving, borrowing, investing and managing money? The Financial Fitness for Life materials were written based on real-world concepts, and let teachers present them in a manner that reinforces learning through practice, helping prepare students for life beyond the classroom.

The Grades 3-5 Student Workbook was designed to be used with Financial Fitness for Life's Teacher Guide to teach personal finance. You will measure your students' progress in four themes of personal finance: earning an income, saving, spending and credit, and money management. Between these four themes there are 16 lessons, each focusing on a different topic and ranging in length from one 45-minute period to a week's worth of classroom experience.

Lessons for younger students frequently emphasize narrative drama, and physical representations of economics and personal finance concepts. Specific to grades 3-5 are a variety of activities, including a guessing game using clues to identify various occupations; the story Urban Mouse and Rural Mouse which teaches students about entrepreneurs and opportunity recognition; and a role-playing activity in which students learn which method of payment is appropriate in a variety of situations.

You will have two practical resources at your disposal:

  1. Exercises are contained within the book for reinforcing the concepts in each chapter.
  2. The Financial Fitness for Life website, created as a partner resource for the book, contains visuals and activities. Teachers can also access online lessons to extend student activities and find related materials to each lesson.