Engage Students with New Resources for Expanding Financial Literacy

Taking place annually in April, Financial Literacy Month was founded by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and is produced by the Jump$tart Coalition. To support financial literacy wherever learning takes place, Discovery Education presents a curated collection of resources focused on financial literacy created in collaboration with leading social impact partners: 

Classroom Activity
Help students connect economics concepts to current events and everyday life with timely activities, videos, interactive modules and more. From price discovery to supply chain dynamics, resources from Econ Essentials, an educational initiative with Futures Fundamentals, examine real-world applications of complex market topics. Students will explore how changes in supply and demand curves impact prices, while a new hot topic activity looks at the ways businesses react to and mitigate the risks of such price fluctuations caused by supply chain disruptions. 

Professional Learning
In this on-demand series, educators hear firsthand the benefits financial education has both on students and their teachers. Presented by Discover and Discovery Education in the Pathways to Financial Success initiative, this series sparks ideas, connects educators, and helps prompt conversations with administrators about the need for financial education. 

Community Contest
Encourage community collaboration with the 6th annual Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Contest created with Jackson Charitable Foundation. The contest enables communities to vote for their elementary school to win $10,000 that can be used for critical educator resources that teach kids how to earn, save, spend, and donate. The contest is open through June 17, 2022, and communities can find more resources for elementary students at cha-chingusa.org.  

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Gamify Learning
In partnership with the business-building video game Venture Valley, Discover Venture Valley empowers students to build financial and business basics. Students in grades 6-12 can benefit from the power of play as they engage with the game and a suite of standards-aligned resources to learn such principles as investments/dividends, fixed and variable expenses, loans, net vs gross income, and more curriculum topics. 

“I love supporting teachers when they incorporate financial literacy activities into lessons because I know that it’s not only helping students learn about critical topics, but it’s also helping to strengthen their ability to make smart financial decisions in the future,” said Michelle Wendt, Technology Integration Specialist at Stockton University School of Education. “With these resources and more from Discovery Education and their partners, equitable access to these critical skills can be extended to all children, wherever they are learning.” 

Educators and students can find these and more resources for recognizing Financial Literacy Month in the Discovery Education K-12 learning platform.