Budgets

Saving money isn’t as hard as it seems. All you need is a plan--and a little discipline! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby show you how to manage your money by creating a budget. First, you’ll learn about the delicate balance between your income and your expenses. Next, you’ll explore how different types of expenses can add up over time and drain more and more cash from your pockets. You’ll also learn what can happen if you spend more than you planned, and you’ll get some tips on ways to reduce your spending. Finally, find out how all that saving can pay off in the form of the purchase of your dreams!

Small Business and Budgets Lesson Plan: Ice Cream Truck Game

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 3-8, students will use BrainPOP resources and an online math game to explore the importance of budgets when running a small business. Students will  apply a variety of math skills (including multiplication and division) as they attempt to maximize profits, cut expenses, and maintain customer satisfaction in a simulated ice cream truck. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Federal Funds and Economics Lesson Plan: The Fed Chairman Game

In this Federal Funds lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use an economic simulation to explore the influence of the Fed on the United State's economy. See more »

Good Advice on Credit Cards Lesson Plan: Fees, Interest Rates, and Using Credit Responsibly

In this lesson plan on using credit responsibly, which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use BrainPOP resources to identify the basic parts of a credit card and how personal information is encoded. Students will explain how credit systems work and the hidden costs of credit (including late fees and annual percentage rates). They’ll also evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using credit cards, propose strategies for using credit cards wisely, and formulate a personal philosophy toward buying things on credit. See more »

Balancing Budgets Lesson Plan: The Budget Hero Game

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 9-12, students use BrainPOP resources to explore the principles of balancing budgets, both personal and governmental.  Students will attempt to balance the U.S. government budget through online game play, and formulate arguments for an approach to reducing the federal deficit and defend their position during a debate. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

The Ayiti Game and The Effects of Poverty Lesson Plan

This lesson, appropriate for grades 6-12, will give students an opportunity to explore the effects of poverty and lack of education through an interactive game. Ayiti: The Cost of Life is a web-based, role-playing video game in which the player assumes the roles of family members living in rural Haiti. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Probability and Data Analysis Lesson Plan: What Are the Chances?

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students review probability and data analysis skills learned throughout a unit of study. Students then create a paper-based or digital activity that challenges classmates to apply data analysis, graphing, and/or probability skills to fictitious or real-world situations. See more »

Math Skills Lesson Plan: It’s All Fun and Games

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students work collaboratively to research selected math skills. Students then create, play, and assess a math game that is designed to apply and reinforce their selected math concept. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

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