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Middle School Resources

In addition to the wealth of financial education curriculum for middle school students, there are also many websites, games and other resources for teaching this age group about money.

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, 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. Students 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 6 and up to explain a variety of topics in three categories: family and consumer sciences (e.g., starting a business, managing money, using credit), social studies (e.g., labor unions, money in the colonies) and math (e.g., graphing a budget, calculating interest). Learn more…

Biz Kid$
The public TV series where kids teach kids about money and business through video clips, blogs and social media. Learn more…

Consumer Jungle (from Young Consumers Education Trust)
Consumer Jungle focuses on teaching young consumers how to recognize rip-offs and scams. Students can learn about topics such as buying a car, picking out a cell phone plan, and living independently. Each topic includes worksheets, quizzes, and resources. The Consumer Jungle Student Forum lets users post questions and get answers from others. Learn more…

FDIC Learning Bank (from FDIC)
Let “Carmen Cents” guide you through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s site for children to learn more about the banking system and the role the FDIC plays. Learn more…

Financial Futures – Talking Money with Tykes, Tweens and Teens
Marketplace Money provides a kid’s perspective on money through videos and podcasts. Learn more…

Generation Money (from FINRA)
Teens and young adults can learn about money topics on this site filled with quizzes, games and  videos. There are also lesson plans available to teachers.  Learn more...

Hands on Banking (El Futuro en Tus Manos) (from Wells Fargo)
Interactive activities for kids in grades 6 through 8 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.

Investor Ed 101 (from the Alliance of Investor Education)
A one-stop shop, according to the AIE, this is a compilation of the best financial education content in one convenient location for educators.  Learn more…

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

Moneyopolis® (from Ernst & Young)
This site provides helpful resources to assist educators for grades 6–8 in teaching basic personal financial skills, including math, financial planning, decision-making, reading, and computer use. The game uses a "virtual city" that the children must travel through in order to "win." As they progress, they learn various financial planning concepts, practice managing money and work toward defined goals. Materials are available to help math teachers make the best use of the site. Learn more…

The Mint (from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation and the National Council on Economic Education)
The Mint helps parents and educators teach children about sound money management through online activities and quizzes for kids, calculators, definitions of terms and business start-up information.
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NewMoney.gov (from the U.S Dept  of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Secret Service)
There’s a new $100 bill in town and this site provides activities, quizzes and more for educators, parents and kids looking to learn about our new currency.  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.

Sense and Dollars (from Maryland Public Television)
Sense and Dollars lets kids practice effective ways of earning, spending, saving and investing money in a safe interactive environment. They can explore concepts surrounding economics and personal finance and apply that background to engage in some real-life money problems, such as planning for a dream prom, handling a family checkbook for a month, and seeing how credit cards can impact the actual price you pay for items. Sense and Dollars also offers teacher and family resources. Learn more…

Stage Coach Island Blog (from Wells Fargo)
In this online virtual world, kids ages 11-14 can explore Stagecoach Island and its hidden secrets, connect with friends and make new ones, all while learning about smart money management. Learn more…

Stock Market Savvy (from the New York Stock Exchange)
Students will receive an introduction to the stock market, making informed investment decisions and understanding long-term savings through this free program. Learn more…

What’s Up in Finance? (from Thirteen Ed Online)
Teens can learn about some key financial concepts through video segments and interactive web resources. Educators can find lessons on topics (financial management, credit, risk, and interest) along with a teacher’s guide.  Learn more…