Personal Finance Unit: That's Life - A Project-based Learning Simulation

Personal Finance Unit: That's Life - A Project-based Learning Simulation
Personal Finance Unit: That's Life - A Project-based Learning Simulation
Personal Finance Unit: That's Life - A Project-based Learning Simulation
Personal Finance Unit: That's Life - A Project-based Learning Simulation
Personal Finance Unit: That's Life - A Project-based Learning Simulation
Personal Finance Unit: That's Life - A Project-based Learning Simulation
Personal Finance Unit: That's Life - A Project-based Learning Simulation
Personal Finance Unit: That's Life - A Project-based Learning Simulation
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If you’re looking for a way that give kids the opportunity to see what it’s like to have the financial responsibilities of an adult, this Project-based Learning Simulation is it! In this financial literacy unit, kids will confront the challenges we all face, as they try to make their money last the month, while paying the usual bills, and hoping to dodge those unpleasant surprises that sneak up on us, from time to time.

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♥ I wish I could give this resource an A+++!!! My 7th graders absolutely loved it!! I used it after testing and we finished up our school year with this. Everything is completely laid out for you and so easy to understand! My 8th graders even want to do it again and continue where they left off.

♥ This is a VERY comprehensive, well thought out unit! My students LOVED it, especially that it was "real life" information that they actually "need" to know! I will use this over and over!!! AWESOME!!!

♥ My fifth graders are having a blast with this and are so excited to come to class.

♥ This is a well planned unit that is very easy to implement. I'm excited to teach it to my students.

♥ Used this with High school students and it really gave them a good idea of the real world

♥ This is a great way to cover Financial Literacy!

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This is one of my very favorite units to teach! Once you do it, you'll see why. I walk you through the prep with detailed, step-by-step instructions and visuals, included in the Teacher Sample INB folder and Teaching notes.

Each student chooses a job, based on their interests. They don’t know how much they’ll be making until they get their first paycheck, less taxes, of course. Salaries are based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individualized for your area.

They’ll have to find a place to live, a company in their community to work for, and some form of transportation. They’ll pay bills, plan meals, shop for groceries, and dine out. And along the way, they’ll experience a few bumps and financial bruises they hadn’t planned on. Sound familiar?

Probably the most eye-opening part of Personal Finance, besides finding out how expensive it is to live, is when they receive their bank statements and have to balance those statements at the end of the unit. It really shows how important it is to keep accurate records.

This unit includes an opportunity for an independent study. I've included 11 different options that pique students' interests, with a 12th option to come up with their own project. These are presented at That's Life Expo.

Interactive Notebook Activities include:

♦ Writing checks
♦ Learning About Job Applications & Writing a Résumé
♦ Gross vs Net - Figuring Net Income
♦ Finding Housing
♦ Transportation
♦ Health Insurance
♦ Planning a Week's Menu
♦ Grocery Shopping
♦ Dining Out
♦ Paying Bills
♦ Experiencing (and paying for) those incidentals that come up (Daily Event cards)
♦ Independent study: That's Life: Project Expo

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I'm excited to announce an awesome update! (9-29-17)

Now, in addition to the Student INB option, this PBL unit also includes a full-page Student Journal option for those that prefer to use a full-size notebook or folder.


The Full-page Journal folder contains everything in the Student INB folder. This is a good way to differentiate for those students who have difficulty working on the smaller INB pages.
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Also included:

• All teaching notes
• A bank (editable spreadsheets, both PC & MAC versions)
• Final writing evaluations and self-assessment
• Several online links to lesson extensions

This month-long unit may be condensed into two weeks, if necessary. Many of these lessons are designed to be stand-alone activities, making it easy to pick and choose.

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