College and Career Activities/Budgeting/Financial Literacy

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This Adulting Lesson is a great addition to any career and college awareness program. Students will learn all about budgeting and financial management as they enter the adult world, obtain a career, get paid a salary, make lifestyle choices, and pay bills. It's not until the end will they figure out if they can stay within a budget.

Students are given a career with a salary. Their salary cards describe their career, show the median average salary for that career and indicate the training needed. (Later on students will use these cards during bill paying to determine how much their student loan payment will be!) Student will then determine how much income tax and social security is taken from their monthly salary. Students pick an insurance plan, examine their wants and needs, chose a home, and pay monthly expenses. A few surprise bills are thrown in too. Students are also introduced to the rule of percentages and will calculate how much savings and retirement they should be saving each month. They will have fun learning and seeing how far their money goes!

A lesson plan is broken down so that you may use this lesson over 3 class periods. In addition, a PowerPoint presentation breaks down with an example all the calculations students will work on.


● Lesson Plan with ASCA Standards

● PowerPoint Presentation

● 12 Page Student Workbook

● 36 Career Cards with Salary

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