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Money Math: Lessons For Life

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2 Contents 1.What is Money Math? 2.What is financial literacy? 3.What is the need? 4.What are the lesson objectives? 5.What topics are discussed? 6.Which teachers might use it? 7.What has the response been? 8.Who are the partners? 9.How can I order this free kit?

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3 What is Money Math: Lessons for Life? Middle school mathematics curriculum supplement teaching math concepts through real-life examples from personal finance Written to national math standards for grades 7-9 Four lessons include lesson plans, reproducible activity sheets, and teaching tips Free to teachers

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4 What Does Financial Literacy Mean? Financial literacy is the ability to recognize and understand basic financial concepts and terms as well as possess the skills necessary to complete simple financial tasks.

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5 The Need for Money Math: Lessons for Life JumpStart research study in 2004 shows an average score of only 52.3% by high school seniors on personal finance topics $155 billion spent by teens in 2000 64% of students report they dont know as much about money management as they should 40% of parents say their child does not understand financial matters well 61% of parents felt that parents and schools should share the responsibility of financial education

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6 Lesson Objectives Money Math provides clear and creative lesson plans which correlate to middle school math standards Math concepts include Percent, Data Analysis, Measurement, Average, Reasoning, Spreadsheet and Problem Solving Personal finance concepts include: Income, Saving, Budgeting, Spending and Credit

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7 What Topics are Addressed? Lesson 1 The Secret To Becoming A Millionaire Lesson 2 Wallpaper Woes Lesson 3 Math & Taxes Lesson 4 Spreading the Budget

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8 Lesson 1 The Secret To Becoming A Millionaire Learn how savings, interest rates, compounding, inflation and purchasing power affect wealth Math concepts include problem solving, percents, decimals and data analysis

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9 Lesson 2 Wallpaper Woes Experience the real-life costs associated with simple home improvement Math concepts include measurement skills, dimensions, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills Personal finance concepts include trade-offs, budget constraint, expenses

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10 Lesson 3 Math & Taxes Examines careers, salaries and wages and math at work Principles behind the Federal income tax and how to calculate it Income, taxes, gross income, saving, and net income Math concepts include percent, decimals, using data in tables, reasoning and problem solving

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11 Lesson 4 Spreading the Budget Create a college students budget using a spreadsheet Math concepts include organizing numerical data, problem solving, and spreadsheet application Personal finance concepts include budget, gross and net income, payroll taxes, fixed expenses, variable expenses, periodic expenses

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12 Which Teachers Would Use Money Math? Middle school mathematics teachers Social studies, consumer science, and afterschool teachers Written for grades 7-9 Useful in gifted and remedial programs

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13 Why Math Teachers? Math is required for all students Money management is a necessary skill for all students The lessons were written to National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards

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14 What has the Teacher Response Been? 88% of teachers surveyed were satisfied with Money Math as a teaching tool. 90% of teachers surveyed would recommend Money Math to colleagues. I taught all four lessons in my classroom; their realistic approach made my students think about their future goals. The lessons and their concepts inspired a dialogue between my students and their parents. Tom Brann, middle school math teacher, St. Louis

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15 Who are the Money Math Partners? AFSA Education Foundation American Payroll Association Center for Economic Education, University of Missouri-St. Louis Coinstar Consumer Credit Counseling Service-St. Louis Department of the Treasury Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation Do Something Eastman Kodak The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy The Fannie Mae Foundation Lockheed Martin Corporation Merrill Lynch & Co. Metropolitan Life Foundation The Mohegan Tribe Museum of American Financial History The Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. National Association of Securities Dealers Inc. Securities Industries Foundation for Economic Education Verizon Foundation

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16 How To Order the Kit Its Free! E-mail: moneymath@bpd.treas.govmoneymath@bpd.treas.gov A teacher only needs one copy of to teach several classes of students. For more information or a downloadable copy of Money Math, go to www.publicdebt.treas.gov and click on Savings Bonds, then Teachers.www.publicdebt.treas.gov

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17 What Can You Do? Prepare your students for their financial future with Money Math Teach math using real-life examples from personal finance Engage your middle school students in lessons from life Thank you! End of presentation

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