Being Financially Responsible

Your students will examine how to use a budget as a spending plan to map out their financial success. During class activities, they will find out

  • How to develop a family budget (math)
  • How behavioral economics influence decisions (English language arts)
  • How personal and government budgeting differ (social studies)

For Educators

Budgeting and Financial Goals

3 minutes, 47 seconds

Watch this video for a refresher on budgeting basics and tips on showing your students how budgets work as spending plans.

Companion Video for Students

Budgeting: What It Is and How Does It Work?

Use this video to introduce students to the concept of budgets, how people use them, and why they are important.

Classroom Activities

Classroom Activity
Math

Development of a Family Budget

Middle School
1 to 2 Class Sessions

Show your students how to use math principles and skills to create a family budget.

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Classroom Activity
English Language Arts

Behavioral Economics and Financial Decisions

Middle School
1 to 2 Class Sessions

Guide your students in a reflection on their own financial decisions and explore what factors may have influenced their choices.

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Classroom Activity
Social Studies

Personal vs. Government Budgeting

Middle School
1 to 2 Class Sessions

Compare and contrast personal and government budgeting using a life-sized Venn diagram.

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