I use this project with my Personal Finance courses. This file contains two versions of the project, one for CP and one for Honors level. The CP version took my students approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete. The Honors version took my students approximately 2-3 hours to complete. Included as the preview file is a sample completed CP level infographic.
The CP version includes a list of generations that can be cut up for students to draw from to select a generation. Students then research the savings rates, money habits, retirement savings, and spending habits of their assigned generation. Students create an infographic displaying their findings. Piktochart is a free program that students can use to create their infographic. Once they create the infographic they can download the picture and submit electronically or print out to be graded. Included in this file is a detailed rubric for grading.
The honors version includes a more detailed assignment for personalized learning. Students select their own generation and 6 key concepts related to Personal Finance to research. They can then choose to create a poster, infographic, or brochure. Included in the file is an assignment sheet for the task and a detailed rubric for grading the project.
At our school we allow students to "opt in" to the Honors curriculum, meaning they are in the same class with CP level students, but they have additional/higher level work. This project allows both sets of students to work concurrently on a similar project. If you do not have the need or like the idea of differentiated tasks you can select one version of the project for your students to complete.
The objective for the lesson is:
• Research the savings rates and habits of a generation.
This project helps teach the following standards:
Define the concept of personal finance and explain the importance of personal financial planning using information sources such as instructional materials, news articles, blogs from reputable sources, personal narratives, and industry publications. (TN CCSS Reading 1, 4)
Explain how saving and investing contribute to financial well-being, building wealth, and helping meet personal financial goals. Compare and contrast saving and investment strategies, such as savings accounts, certificates of deposit, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, employer sponsored savings plans, physical assets, and commodities. Design a diversified saving and investment plan that includes strategies compatible with personal goals. Include time value of money and compound interest calculations in analysis. (TN CCSS Reading 4, 5; TN CCSS Writing 4, TN CCSS Mathematics F-IF)