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Financial Education resources for educators, students, and lifelong learners.

Adult/Parent Resources

This resource package includes parent guides from financial education curriculums, as well as online resources for including children of any age in financial conversations and activities.

Developing financial literacy in youth.

  • FEPPP Financial Education Library and Spanish Bookshelves
    A collection of books with personal finance and economic themes, including titles available in Spanish, to discuss with your children. Search your local library or click on a book cover for links to free video read aloud, discussion guides,
  • CFPB's Talking about Money Choices, Big and Small
    As you talk to your kids about money, when you talk to them is less important than how you talk to them. When you take into consideration where your children are in their financial development, you can talk to them about important events and build skills they’ll use later in life.

Developing financial literacy in adults.

FEPPP Financial Education Library and Resource Guides

A curated collection of children’s books with personal finance and economic themes! Click a book title to find Lesson & Resource Guides with links to free video read alouds, as well as discussion guides and other no- or low-prep text-aligned lessons, materials, and more!

FEPPP "Grab and Go" Resource Collections

FEPPP Resource Collections

FEPPP has developed resource collections for specific topics, grade bands, and/or cross curricular opportunities. These linked PDFS (available for download below) feature free, high-quality, culturally relevant financial education lessons and activities with no- or low-prep required – making these “grab and go” collections easy to implement for the busy educator!

  • FEPPP’s Financial Education Library
    A curated collection of children’s books with personal finance and economic themes! Click a book cover to find Lesson & Resource Guides with links to free video read alouds, as well as discussion guides and other no- or low-prep text-aligned lessons, materials, and more!
  • FEPPP’s Financial Education Spanish Bookshelves
    Eight books available in English and Spanish to engage bilingual learners in personal finance topics! Click a cover to find links to English and Spanish video read alouds, and at least one equitably translated bilingual lesson or resource.
  • Financial Education and Social Emotional Learning (K-5)
    This resource package exploring the natural connection between financial education and social emotional learning! Find K – 5 standards alignment, reference materials and classroom resources such as lessons that develop student’s decision-making (self-management) abilities.
  • Financial Education for Special Populations (K-12)
    Find financial education curriculum, units, lessons, and other materials designed to meet the needs of Native youth, homeless youth, institutionalized youth, students receiving Special Education services, and migrant or dual language/MLL students in this resource package.
  • Financial Education and Math (K-5)
    Explore how financial education can provide engaging, real-world problem-solving practice for elementary students. Resources include lessons, digital games, and implementation strategies appropriate for small groups.
  • Financial Education Brain Breaks: K - 2 Activity Books
    This resource package contains links to four printable K – 2 personal finance activity books, as well as additional resources for educators and families.
  • Financial Education Materials
    List of materials for educators.
  • Financial Education: Credit and Debt Units, Lessons and Activities (9-12)
    A collection of foundational instructional materials related to credit scores, evaluating loans, and using credit. Developed with Special Populations students in mind, this resource package also contains information on co-signing/sharing credit, redlining, and student rights related to credit and credit scores.

For more free resources, please visit the Open Educational Resources (OER) website.

FEPPP Reviewed Instructional Materials: Grades PK-2

Financial Education Curriculums for Grades PK- 2

Note: Instructional materials marked with * are equitably translated in English and Spanish.
 

  • Financial Footings 1 (Grades K-2)
    “Learners are introduced to coins and dollar bills, the connection between working and earning money, discerning needs from wants, and the role of banks and credit unions. Footings 1 learnings are reinforced with lessons featuring PEN-E, a Financial Beginnings original character that recently moved to Earth and is unfamiliar with money and finances.”
    Free to educators; registration required.
    Source: Financial Beginnings

 

Financial Education Supplemental Materials for Grades PK-2

Activity Books, Children’s Books, Digital Learning, Classroom Lessons and Activities, Video Series

All Supplemental Materials are free to access. Registration requirements noted.

Activity Books

Children’s Books

  • FEPPP’s Financial Education Library
    A curated collection of children’s books with personal finance and economic themes! Click a book cover to find Resource Guides with links to free video readalouds, as well as discussion guides and other no- or low-prep text-aligned lessons, materials, and more!

Digital Learning

Classroom Lessons and Activities

  • *For Me, For You, For Later
    Helping children learn basic financial concepts that highlight the importance of spending, sharing, and saving; making choices; and the value of people, things, and money.
    Source: PNC Grow Up Great
  • *Sesame Workshop: Financial Education
    “Providing financial literacy for kids helps them understand what money is and teaches them how to make good financial choices.” Videos, activities, lessons, and other resources, available in English and Spanish.
    Source: Sesame Workshop

Video Series

FEPPP Reviewed Instructional Materials: Grades 3-5

Financial Education Curriculums for Grades 3-5

Note: Instructional materials marked with * are equitably translated in English and Spanish.
 

 

Financial Education Supplemental Materials for Grades 3-5

Books and Comic Books, Digital Learning, Classroom Lessons and Activities, Video Series

All Supplemental Materials are free to access. Registration requirements noted.

Books and Comic Books

          Source: Marvel Comics + VISA Practical Money Skills

  • FEPPP’s Financial Education Library
    A curated collection of children’s books with personal finance and economic themes! Click a book cover to find Resource Guides with links to free video read-alouds, as well as discussion guides and other no- or low-prep text-aligned lessons, materials, and more!
  • Money Monsters Digital Stories
    “The Money Monsters are a group of creatures who are new to our universe. That means they need to learn about many important things like school, friendship, and financial literacy.”
    Source: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Digital Learning

Classroom Lessons and Activities

Video Series

  • It’s a Money Thing Jr.
    Scroll to the “Grades K-6” tab for six short videos on borrowing, giving, saving, making, and growing money. Student handouts, infographics, presentations, and activity sheets are available.
    Source: CapEd Credit Union
FEPPP Reviewed Instructional Materials: Grades 6-8

Financial Education Curriculums for Grades 6-8

Note: Instructional materials marked with * are equitably translated in English and Spanish.
 

  • Financial Fitness for Life (Grades 6-8)
    “Are your middle school students prepared to make sound economic decisions in the ways of income, spending, saving, borrowing, investing, and managing money? The Financial Fitness for Life materials were written based on real-world concepts, and let teachers present them in a manner that reinforces learning through practice, helping prepare students for life beyond the classroom.”
    Source: Council for Economic Education
  • *FutureSmart (Grades 6-8)
    “In FutureSmart, middle school students act as mayor of their town, helping citizens solve the financial problems that life throws their way.”
    Free to educators; registration required.
    Source:
    EVERFI
     
  • Introductory Level Course - 2 weeks (Grades 7-9) 
    “The following course guide is designed as an outline for teaching the Introductory Level curriculum. The guide is designed for 450 minutes of classroom time, which is the average length of a 2‐week course. The recommended time allocated for each lesson plan is indicated in minutes to easily adapt to varying class period times.”
    Free to educators; registration required.
    Source: Take Charge Today
     
  • Junior Achievement: BizTown® (Recommended for Grades 4-6)
    “JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This popular learning experience allows elementary school students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor. Students can connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.” Email LisaBender@arizona.edu for more information.
    Source: Junior Achievement (JA) Washington
     
  • Junior Achievement: Finance Park® (Entry Level, Grades 6-9)
    “JA Finance Park is Junior Achievement’s capstone program for personal financial planning and career exploration. This program, comprising a curriculum and a simulation, helps students build a foundation on which they can make intelligent financial decisions that last a lifetime, including decisions related to income, expenses, savings, and credit.” 
    Source: JA Washington

 

Financial Education Supplemental Materials for Grades 6-8

Books and Comic Books, Digital Learning, Classroom Lessons and Activities, Video Series

All supplemental materials are free to access. Registration requirements noted.

Books and Comic Books

  • *Avengers: Saving the Day Comic Book
    “The heroes team up to defeat Mole Man and his evil army, all while learning important financial skills. The action-packed comic features a budgeting worksheet, finance terms and more.”
  • *Black Panther: Investing in Each Other Comic Book
    Learn how King T’Challa and his sister Shuri use budgeting and charitable giving to build a strong financial foundation. This action-packed comic comes with activity worksheets and puzzles to use with your students.”

           Source: Marvel Comics + VISA Practical Money Skills

  • *Educational Comic Books
    “Join Flora, Glix, and an intrepid cast of characters as they travel the universe, meet new friends, and work together to learn about economic and financial literacy.” Middle school lesson plans are available in English and Spanish.
    Source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Digital Learning and Games

  • Cash Codebreakers: An Algebra Adventure Digital Game
    A free educational game that uses interactive puzzles and algebra problems to help middle school students learn about U.S. currency. To escape the money museum, they'll need to solve seven puzzles in the exhibits and create a magical $100 bill that will serve as their ticket out of the facility. Download the Teacher's Guide for full instructions.
    Source: U.S. Currency Education Program
  • *Financial Football Digital Game
    “Visa and the National Football League have teamed up to help teach financial concepts with Financial Football, a fast-paced, interactive game that engages students while teaching them money management skills.” Rookie (Ages 11-14) modules contain Teacher’s Guide and Student Activities. Registration required.
    Source:
    NFL + VISA Practical Money Skills
  • *Financial Soccer Digital Game
    “Take your money skills to the next level with Visa’s Financial Soccer, a dynamic, interactive game designed to both educate and entertain. Hone your practical knowledge of financial concepts while leading your favorite FIFA country to victory.”
    Source: FIFA + VISA Practical Money Skills
  • NOVA Financial Lab and Lesson Plans Digital Learning Platform
    “In the NOVA Financial Lab, students watch videos and play games to explore concepts related to achieving financial well-being.” An Introduction section includes videos and quizzes, while three games help students engage with the concepts of opportunity cost, budgeting and mental accounting, and balancing debts and investments to achieve a financial goal. Handouts are available to facilitate each game experience and help students reflect on their financial decisions.
    Source: PBS Learning Media: Economics

Classroom Lessons and Activities

Video Series

  • FinCap Fridays Video Series
    “Engage the class with financial current events! FinCap Fridays combine a 5-question competition with a short video to energize classrooms and engage students through current events.”
    Source: Next Gen Personal Finance
  • It's a Money Thing Video Series
    “Watch helpful videos on financial literacy and download some handouts and infographics. It's A Money Thing is a great classroom resource, or if you need a refresher on financial topics!” Lesson plans, financial well-being quizzes, handouts, infographics, and slide presentations are included.
    Source: CapEd Credit Union
FEPPP Reviewed Instructional Materials: Grades 9-12

Financial Education Curriculums for Grades 9-12

Note: Instructional materials marked with * are equitably translated in English and Spanish.
 

  • Don't Get Debt Slapped
    This 8-lesson online curriculum was designed to empower high school students to gather important information so they can make an informed decision about what they do after high school and minimize debt.
    Source: Consumer Education and Training Services (CENTS)
     
  • Financial Fitness for Life - 3rd Edition, (Grades 9-12)
    “Are your high school students prepared to make sound economic decisions in the ways of income, spending, saving, borrowing, investing, and managing money? The Financial Fitness for Life materials were written based on real-world concepts, and let teachers present them in a manner that reinforces learning through practice, helping prepare students for life beyond the classroom.”
    Source: Council for Economic Education
     
  • Financial Foundations (Grades 9-12)
    Financial Foundations provides teens a detailed introduction to key financial concepts and resources. Foundations covers 30 key personal finance topics, and each subject area has a two-level approach: 1) Laying the Foundation and 2) Building the Strategy.”
    Free to educators; registration required.
    Source:
    Financial Beginnings Washington
     
  • *Financial Literacy for High School (Grades 9-12)
    EVERFI: Financial Literacy for High School is our financial education 101 course. Students will understand how to develop a savings plan, manage financial accounts, earn income, file their taxes through a real-world simulation, use a budget, make informed purchases, and protect their money. The interactive lessons translate complex financial concepts and help students develop actionable strategies for managing their finances.”
    Free to educators; registration required.
    Source:
    EVERFI
     
  • JA Personal Finance 2.0 (Grades 9-12)
    Through JA Personal Finance, students experience the interrelationship between today's financial decisions and future financial freedom. To achieve financial health and wellness, they learn about money-management strategies, including earning, employment and income, budgeting, savings, credit and debt, consumer protection, smart shopping, risk management, investing, credit card usage, debt management, and net worth.” Email LisaBender@arizona.edu for more information.
    Source: Junior Achievement (JA) Washington
     
  • Junior Achievement: Finance Park® (Entry Level, Grades 6-9)
    JA Finance Park is Junior Achievement’s capstone program for personal financial planning and career exploration. This program, comprising a curriculum and a simulation, helps students build a foundation on which they can make intelligent financial decisions that last a lifetime, including decisions related to income, expenses, savings, and credit.”
    Source: JA Washington
     
  • Money Savvy U (Grades 6-10)
    “Designed to engage young teens in grades 6-10, the classroom presentation material generates interesting classroom discussions. Instructor materials consist of a scripted, animated PowerPoint presentation on a USB Drive, an instructor's script with discussion starters, suggested classroom exercises, budgeting templates, and other resources.”
    Source: Money Savvy Generation
     
  • Money Smart for Young Adults, Grades 9-12 Home Page
    “This standards-aligned, cross-curricular program is designed to promote personal financial education in grades 9 through 12 students. Extension activities support English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Economics, and Technology, while also helping your students build the foundation to become financially responsible adults.”
    Free to educators, no registration requirements.
    Source:
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
     
  • TCT Advanced Level Curriculum – 2,000 minutes (Grades 10-12)
    “Lesson plans are designed to provide educators with a variety of options to mold a lesson to fit individual classroom needs. The following course guide is designed as an outline for teaching the Advanced Level curriculum. The guide is designed for 2,000 minutes of classroom time.” Lesson plan components include anticipatory set, recommended facilitation, and conclusion or assessment option.
    Free to educators; registration required.
    Source
    : Take Charge Today (University of Arizona)

 

Financial Education Supplemental Materials for Grades 9-12

Comic Books, Digital Games, Classroom Lessons & Activities, Video Series

All supplemental materials are free to access. Registration requirements noted.

Books and Comic Books

  • *Avengers: Saving the Day Comic Book
    “The heroes team up to defeat Mole Man and his evil army, all while learning important financial skills. The action-packed comic features a budgeting worksheet, finance terms, and more.”
     
  • *Black Panther: Investing in Each Other Comic Book
    Learn how King T’Challa and his sister Shuri use budgeting and charitable giving to build a strong financial foundation. This action-packed comic comes with activity worksheets and puzzles to use with your students.”
     
  • *Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket’s Powerful Plan Comic Book
    “Join the Guardians of the Galaxy in this exciting comic about the importance of saving money, which teaches readers about wants versus needs.
     

           Source: Marvel Comics + VISA Practical Money Skills
 

  • *Educational Comic Books
    “Join Flora, Glix, and an intrepid cast of characters as they travel the universe, meet new friends, and work together to learn about economic and financial literacy.” Middle school lesson plans are available in English and Spanish.
    Source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Digital Game

  • Build Your STAX
    “See the consequences of 20 years of investing decisions in just 20 minutes.” Student Reflection Worksheet available.
    Source: NGPF
     
  • *Financial Football Digital Game
    “Visa and the National Football League have teamed up to help teach financial concepts with Financial Football, a fast-paced, interactive game that engages students while teaching them money management skills.” Rookie (Ages 11-14) modules contain Teacher’s Guide and Student Activities. Registration required.
    Source
    : NFL + VISA Practical Money Skills
     
  • *Financial Soccer Digital Game
    “Take your money skills to the next level with Visa’s Financial Soccer, a dynamic, interactive game designed to both educate and entertain. Hone your practical knowledge of financial concepts while leading your favorite FIFA country to victory.”
    Source: FIFA + VISA Practical Money Skills
     
  • Money Magic
    “Help Enzo manage his budget, reach his savings goal, and make it to Vegas.” Student Reflection Worksheet available.
    Source: NGPF
     
  • Personal Finance Arcade
    “Engage your students in financial decision-making with these free online games. Boost critical thinking skills by pairing gameplay with insightful activity worksheets and reflection questions. Teacher Tip: Confirm with your IT department in advance to make sure students can access games on their devices.”
    Source: NGPF
     
  • $pending Frenzy Digital Game
    “Real life and independent living means taking responsibility. It means putting a roof over your head, paying the light bill, and buying food. Sometimes that means hard work and sacrifice. But it also means freedom, empowerment, and the fun of living on your own. Are you ready for the challenge?”
    Source: Created by First Nations Development Institute and Shawn Spruce Consulting with support from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. Special thanks to Native American Community Development Corporation for assistance with design and piloting of the app.
     
  • SPENT
    “Budgeting game of choices to show the stress of living paycheck to paycheck.” Student Reflection Worksheet available in English or Spanish
    Source: NGPF

Classroom Lessons and Activities

  • EconEdLink Lessons - 9-12 Archives
    Personal finance and economics resources for your classroom.  Registration required.
    Source: Council for Economic Education
     
  • EconLowDown Online Resource Gallery
    This free product from the St. Louis Fed has hundreds of teacher-approved resources for teaching economics and personal finance. Registration required.
    Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
     
  • Financial Literacy Activities, filtered for Grades 9-12
    These classroom activities can be completed within a single class period. Each activity comes with a teacher guide and supporting student material, so it’s easy to implement as a standalone or supplemental lesson.
    Source: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
     
  • Jump$tart's Reality Check
    “What type of lifestyle do you want to live in your future? What type of career will you need to live that life? “Reality Check” is a way to see into your future. Fill out the following survey to estimate what type of future income you will need to enjoy the lifestyle you would like to have.”
    Source: Jump$tart
     
  • NGPF Units
    Browse by unit to find lessons, interactive resources, answer keys, and assessments. Unit topics include Banking, Types of Credit, Taxes, Insurance, Consumer Skills, and more. Mini-units include supplemental lessons and resources on Alternatives to 4-Year Colleges, Buying a Car, Entrepreneurship, and more. Registration required.
    Source: NGPF
     
  • NOVA Financial Lab & Lesson Plans Digital Learning Platform
    “In the NOVA Financial Lab, students watch videos and play games to explore concepts related to achieving financial well-being.” An Introduction section includes videos and quizzes, while three games help students engage with the concepts of opportunity cost, budgeting and mental accounting, and balancing debts and investments to achieve a financial goal. Handouts are available to facilitate each game experience and help students reflect on their financial decisions.
    Source: PBS Learning Media: Economics
     
  • Resources for Teachers & Students, filtered for Grades 9-12 Resource Gallery
    “Bring economics lessons to life for your students” with online resources, books, lessons, and other activities.
    Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
     
  • The Stock Market Game
    “Whether you teach in a classroom, mentor students in an afterschool program, or are a homeschool parent, The Stock Market Game (SMG) is the right tool for you to help your students build a fundamental understanding of investing while providing them with real world skills practice in math, English Language Arts, economics, social studies, and other subjects.” Registration required.
    Source: SIFMA Foundation

Video Series

  • FinCap Fridays Video Series
    “Engage the class with financial current events! FinCap Fridays combine a 5-question competition with a short video to energize classrooms and engage students through current events.”
    Source: NGPF
     
  • It's a Money Thing Video Series
    “Watch helpful videos on financial literacy and download some handouts and infographics. It's A Money Thing is a great classroom resource, or if you need a refresher on financial topics!” Lesson plans, financial wellbeing quizzes, handouts, infographics, and slide presentations included.
    Source: CapEd Credit Union
     
  • Video Library
    A collection of financial education videos, including videos embedded with EdPuzzle, movies and documentaries, teacher tip videos, and series such as “So Expensive,” which walk students through the economics of why specific experiences cost so much.
    Source: NGPF
Financial Education and Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

These resources have been developed by FEPPP, in partnership with the SEL Program at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), to support educators, families, and communities in exploring the natural connection between financial education and social emotional development.

Financial Education and SEL in the K-5 Classroom PD (1.5 hours)

This webinar explores the natural connection between financial education and social emotional learning! Find K – 5 standards alignment, reference materials and classroom resources such as lessons that develop student’s decision-making (self-management) abilities.

Standards Alignment: Financial Education Benchmark & SEL Indicator Crosswalk

A conversation-starting tool, these crosswalks identify areas of opportunity for financial education within grade-band specific SEL indicators.

The Social Emotional Aspects of Personal Finance Behaviors (K-12)

This chart identifies the self-awareness, self-management, and self-efficacy aspects of saving, spending, earning, borrowing/lending, and giving.

K-5 Self-Management & Financial Decision-Making Lessons

Explore how SEL and financial education connect with this collection of lessons featuring open-ended, problem-based learning activities that use personal finance contexts to develop problem-solving and decision-making abilities.

Financial Education for Special Populations

Financial Education for Special Populations (K-12) Resource Package

Find financial education curriculum, units, lessons, and other materials designed to meet the needs of Native youth, homeless youth, institutionalized youth, students receiving Special Education services, and migrant or dual language/MLL students in this resource package.

Financial Education designed for Special Population students.

This financial skills curriculum is for young adults within native communities. Our purpose is to: enable community members to celebrate their traditional values by learning financial skills that will help each person make informed financial decisions for themselves, their family, and their community.

  • Keys to Your Financial Future (Annie E. Casey Foundation Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative)
    Developed for foster youth, with applications for other special populations such as un-homed, institutionalized, and low-income youth, this free, turnkey curriculum is appropriate for ages 16-26. Facilitator Guide and Participant Guides available for download. No registration required.

Becoming economically secure is an important goal for young people transitioning from foster care into adulthood. The Casey Foundation offers a comprehensive financial education curriculum — built around eight modules or "keys" — to help youth grow their financial aptitude and make better financial decisions.

  • $pending Frenzy: (Digital game)
    Real life and independent living means taking responsibility. It means putting a roof over your head, paying the light bill, and buying food. Sometimes that means hard work and sacrifice. But it also means freedom, empowerment, and the fun of living on your own. Are you ready for the challenge? Registration required.

The $pending Frenzy App was created by First Nations Development Institute and Shawn Spruce Consulting with support from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. Special thanks to Native American Community Development Corporation for assistance with design and piloting of the app.

OSPI Resources

Note: Dual Language (Spanish) Resources can be found in our “Spanish Resources | Recursos en español” section

Newcomer Resources | Recursos para los recién llegados

Financial Education Resources for Spanish-Speaking Newcomers | Recursos de educación financiera para los recién llegados hispanohablante 

FEPPP has developed this collection of financial education resources for students, young adults, or adult newcomers to Washington, with the aim of assisting newcomers in understanding the basics of personal finance in our state and country.

Please note these instructional materials are intended for a Spanish-speaking audience. Titles, descriptions, grade levels, and sources are listed in English and Spanish for dual-language learning and/or instruction.

 

FEPPP ha desarrollado esta colección de recursos para los alumnos, jóvenes, e adultos quien están recién llegado al estado de Washington. Estos recursos presentan los básicos de financiera personal para familiarizarse con los sistemas de los EE. UU.

Estos materiales de instrucción están diseñados para los hispanohablantes. Los títulos, descripciones, grados, y fuentes están presentado en inglés y español para aprender o ensenar en los ambientes bilingües.

Recursos en español | Spanish Resources

Estos recursos de educación financiera han sido repasados y desarrollados por FEPPP para apoyar instructores, estudiantes, familias y comunidades con materiales diversos y de alta calidad.

Para educadores

  • K-12 recursos de educación financiera en español
    Una lista repasada de currículo, colecciones de recursos educativos, libritos de actividades, cómicos, lecciones individuales, e actividades y juegos para ensenar los niños de los básicos de financieros personales.

Para todos

Para padres y familias