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Elementary School Resources

In addition to the wealth of financial education curriculum for elementary school students, there are also many websites, games and other resources for teaching young children about money.

Books for Children
Children’s Books with Personal Finance Themes, from Pennsylvania’s Office of Financial Education, summarizes more than 100 books available at libraries and stores that can help teach kids about money.
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Banking on Our Future (from Operation HOPE)
Banking on Our Future helps students learn about the basics of banks and credit unions, checking and savings accounts, insurance, credit and investments through online interactive lessons. Learn more…

Bank Junior (from Zions Bank)
Bank Junior offers lots of ways to look at money, including "Money Around the World", which explains how economic and political systems differ in, say, Liechtenstein. Kids can post questions to Mark the Money Kid, choose short lessons on numerous money topics, take quizzes, or use the Savings Wizard to keep track of their progress as they save their money for something special. Bank Junior also has supplemental materials for teachers for grades 1–5 to explain a variety of topics in three categories: money (everything from how ATMs work to what is printed on a dollar bill), social studies (e.g., bartering, supply and demand, world currencies) and math (calculating interest and understanding coin values). Materials can be downloaded in PDF format and printed.

Biz Kid$
The public TV series where kids teach kids about money and business through video clips, blogs and social media. There are tools for parents and teachers available in English and Spanish. Learn more…

Financial Futures – Talking Money with Tykes, Tweens and Teens
Marketplace Money provides a kid’s perspective on money through videos and podcasts including teachable Money Moments by award-winning author Beth Kobliner. Learn more…

For Me, For You, For Later: First Steps to Spending, Sharing, and Saving (from Sesame Workshop)
With funding support from PNC's Grow Up Great initiative, the popular Sesame Street characters help young children learn financial basics. Videos, podcasts, a children's activity book, and guides for teachers, parents and caregivers are available for download in English and Spanish. Learn more...

Hands on Banking (El Futuro en Tus Manos) (from Wells Fargo)
Interactive activities for kids in grades 4 and 5 explain concepts like saving, budgeting, and credit cards, with self-tests and corresponding teacher’s guide with lesson plans and suggestions for use. The interactive programs and teacher’s guides can also be ordered on a free CD-ROM (email: Turn on JavaScript!). All student sections have been designed to meet national and state educational standards for literacy, math and economics. The site contains no product promotion or commercial content. Also available in Spanish.

History in your Pocket (H.I.P) (from the United States Mint)
This website showcases the connection between this country’s coins and its people. Through games, stories, and other engaging activities, the site brings to life both the extraordinary individuals who appear on U.S. coinage and the generations of citizens who have carried this change. In addition, H.I.P. Pocket Change™ is building an online educational community for teachers to share the innovative ways they find to use coins in the classroom.

Kids Count
Come to the imaginary world of Nickelsburg and learn about money management. Find curriculum, online classrooms and award-winning games to help elementary students learn more about money. The board game is available for purchase, but the lesson plans, activity book and online classroom are free. Learn more…

Math Maven’s Mysteries (from Scholastic)
Use these audio support and math printables, Daryl the Dirty Dealer, the Mysterious Money Trail or The Troublesome Triplets, to teach kids about money and decimals.  Learn more…

Money As You Grow
Developed by the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability, this interactive website provides 20 essential, age-appropriate financial lessons - with corresponding activities - that kids need to know as they grow. Learn more...

Money Metropolis (from Visa Practical Money Skills for Life)
Children ages 7-12 can learn to set goals, earn, spend and save money in this fictional town. Learn more...

Peter Pig’s Money Counter(from Visa Practical Money Skills for Life)
Help children ages 4-7 learn how to understand the value of money through this interactive coin counting game. Learn more…

Planet Orange (from ING DIRECT)
Students choose a tour guide for their stay on Planet Orange, where they can learn about the value of money, setting a budget, understanding credit, and building savings goals for the future. The Planet Orange Teachers Resource Center provides teachers with tools to explain the basics of earning, spending, saving, and investing to their students with free educational materials.