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Financial Lessons In A Box

The MCUL Financial Education Council has compiled and made available time-tested financial literacy presentations. The presentation kits include an overview of the subject matter, the recommended age or grade, presentation detail, needed materials and correlations to Michigan educational standards and benchmarks.

Questions about the presentations may be directed to the person listed on the “Contact” line of the presentation information sheet.

Note: Presentation kits vary in comprehensiveness and completeness. While all kits include some ready-to-use materials, additional materials may be needed as indicated.  Please refer to the presentation information sheet in each kit for more details.

Presentations:

  • You May See It Everyday but What Do You Know About Money? — This presentation covers bartering/trade to cultural currency to common currency; history of U.S. currency how currency is made; and cross-cultural history of the ‘$’ sign. The following materials are provided in the kit:
    • PowerPoint Presentation
    • Speaker notes
    • “Guess the Currency” Quiz
    • Poster
       
  • The Penny — This presentation addresses coin exchanges and values; simple addition using coin values; recognition of coin combinations equaling other coins; and historical investigation on items valued at one cent. The following materials are provided in the kit:
    • PowerPoint Presentation
    • “Design Your Own Penny” activity sheet
    • “Penny Interview “sheet
    • “Penny Facts” sheet
       
  • Savings Cans — This presentation addresses saving, spending and sharing money; recognizing the names and values of a penny, dime, nickel and quarter; and how money can be saved, shared and spent. The following materials are provided in the kit:
    • Speaker notes
    • Quarter, nickel, dime, penny and other visuals
    • “Quarter, Nickel, Dime and Penny” poem
    • Parent letter
    • Evaluation form
       
  • Arthur’s Pet Business — Good and Services – This basic presentation addresses fundamental economic concepts. The following materials are provided in the kit:
    • Speaker notes
    • “Arthur” activity
       
  • Check it Out — All about checking accounts for Middle and High School students. The following materials are provided in the kit:
    • Speaker notes with a list of Michigan Benchmarks & Standards supported
    • Blank check and blank register handouts
    • Share draft reconciliation sheet
    • “What do you know” True or False Quiz
       
  • Needs and Wants — This presentation helps Middle and High School students understand the difference between needs and wants. Students will learn that financial decisions are influenced by environment and the economics of the region they live in. The following materials are provided in the kit:
    • Speaker notes with a list of Michigan Benchmarks & Standards supported 
    • Needs and Wants cards
       
  • Budget Lesson — This fun and interactive lesson plan uses candy to illustrate the concept of a balanced budget and the importance of having a spending plan to Middle and High School students.  The kit provides:
    • Lesson plan with directions and grade level Michigan Educational Standards & Benchmarks supported.
    • Student handout
       
  • Consumer Credit Basics — The basic information about lending and credit that everyone needs to know in order to use credit wisely and enjoy personal financial health.  Appropriate for Middle and High School students as well as adult audiences.
 
   
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