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.