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Monday, November 16, 2015

Personal Financial Literacy: Budgets

We began our Personal Financial Literacy unit today.  I  found a Project-Based Learning activity on Teachers Pay Teachers that I am excited about using:

Basically, we began our project by discussing budgets. We talked about the need for a budget and the importance of a balanced budget.  We talked about budgeting for needs vs wants

 I also had the kids create a budget spreadsheet on a Google Doc.  I decided that teaching them some of the tricks in a Google Doc is easier than introducing them to Sheets right now.  Maybe later this year.  Since my additional focus will be adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals, I did not want to show students how to use a formula in Sheets just yet.

The homework was to decide on a career that they are interested in having as an adult.  We will use this information tomorrow.

We finished our day by answering the prompt:

What conclusions can you draw about the importance of keeping a budget and maintaining a balanced budget?

After finishing the prompt, students worked on completing a Countdown to STAAR. If they had time, they began researching career ideas.

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