Explore Financial Literacy Month with new lessons and activities each week!
Click the tiles below to access free resources designed for your middle school students.
Week 1: Saving + Spending Responsibly
This week students will explore comparison-shopping methods and gain a better understanding of unit price calculations in a budget simulation. They'll learn to analyze whether information from sources are accurate and reliable when comparing products and services.
Check out this lesson plan, activity, and printable poster to pair with FutureSmart Module 2: Smart Shopping!
Week 2: Taking and Managing Risks
This week students will review how to build an effective business plan and pitch. They'll be asked to make a real-world connection by creating their own business plans, practice analyzing 2 different sample business pitches for effectiveness.
Check out this lesson plan, activity, and printable poster to pair with FutureSmart Module 5: Growing A Business!
Week 3: Investing
This week students will review how to compare stocks, bonds, and mutual funds based on their typical risk and return levels. They'll put this knowledge to practice by reviewing stock information for various companies on the NYSE website.
Check out this lesson plan, activity, and printable poster to pair with FutureSmart Module 6: Your Financial Future!
Week 4: Careers + Higher Education
This week students will learn how to explore college and career options. They'll gain a better understanding of the overall costs and benefits of different post-secondary paths.
Check out this lesson plan, activity, and printable poster to pair with FutureSmart Module 4: Investing in you!
Middle School Teachers
FutureSmart is a digital blended learning course for middle school students. Students follow a story-based narrative and complete interactive exercises, learning how to make real-life financial decisions and reach savings and career goals. FutureSmart teaches students the importance of thinking ahead and provides them with the financial literacy tools to be successful both now and in the future.
The FutureSmart program is free to middle school teachers. Register now to access the lessons!