Talking Money in the (Digital) Classroom
The word “classroom” has had a major overhaul in the last two months. What once described a carpeted room filled with wooden desks and gleaming whiteboards is today more of a concept than a location. “Class” is as concrete as a packet of assignments at a kitchen table for some; a video call on a borrowed laptop for others.
Yet teachers know that learning can’t wait. Amidst all the high-tech logistics and unusual lesson planning, concepts still need to transfer, students still need stimulation, and money is still a challenge to teach — usually.
Financial literacy doesn’t have to be boring, nor does it have to venture off the path of state and national mapping (we’ve actually done that legwork for you). Because money is so integral to our daily lives, teaching it can take many, many forms. Math? You bet. Art? Absolutely. Science? That, too.
This month, we’re firing on all cylinders to empower educators as they shape the financial futures of students across the country. Here are a few of the free tools at your fingertips today:
Emmy-Winning Video Content
Few things have the power to communicate like video. Over six award-winning seasons, Biz Kid$ told the stories of real young entrepreneurs, shot parody music videos, filmed sketch comedy, and addressed confusing money topics head-on. Some of the best clips from the public television series is available for free on YouTube and at BizKids.com. Those looking for full episodes can head over to Vimeo, where Season 6 is available for $2.99 per episode or $15.99 for the entire season.
It’s one thing to decide to tackle topics of financial literacy. It’s quite another to know where to start. Our dozens of free lesson plans empower educators with questions, vocabulary, discussion topics, and even family activities that build upon Biz Kid$ video clips with robust lessons to drive the topics home. We’ve even mapped the plans according to state and national standards, and translated a set into Spanish.
Scrambling to prepare something for tomorrow’s sub? Experiencing the short attention spans of students before the final days before a much-anticipated break? Our free games run the gamut of money topics. Run a simulated lemonade stand in Dollar-a-Glass. Learn about banking in Break the Bank. Manage money in outer space with Bring Home the Bacon. They’re all free, fun, and financially fit.
The only thing more inspiring to kids that careful stewardship of money? Making it. Our collection of resources for young entrepreneurs empowers teen tycoons with simple tools to put their best ideas into action. Our business plan template provides a simple and straightforward framework for thinking through marketing, sales, and profit. How 2 B a Pro tackles the “soft skills” of interviewing and selling, like proper attire, handshakes, and eye contact. And the 4 P’s of Marketing takes a deep dive into product, place, price, and promotion.
Wish there was a textbook on becoming a millionaire? There actually is. Our vibrant and engaging book from Workman Press, How to Turn $100 into $1,000,000, teaches kids how to make, save, and grow their own fortune. It’s the perfect solution for a financial literacy textbook, or even an addition to the afterschool reading list. Plus, it’s less than $12 on Amazon.
Want to see Biz Kid$ in action? Take a look at how teachers like you have used Biz Kid$ in their own classrooms.