STCU provides teachers with free, ready-to-use presentations, materials, and activities to help educate your students about money and how to use it wisely.
At no charge to you or your school, STCU will visit your classroom and provide the curricula and activities to help your students learn to make good financial decisions.
Kindergarten ― Bunny Money. Follow Ruby and her little brother Max as they shop for a birthday present, learning how to spend and share, keep money safe, and making smart money decisions. Discussion after the story time helps students to understand how easy it is for money to slip through your fingers if you’re not careful.
1st grade ― Ping. Friends of Ping, an adorable purple penguin (stuffed toy) and star of the children’s book, Ping’s Pennies, help him understand the importance of spending, sharing, and saving. Students also learn about needs and wants, and the consequences of their financial decisions. After discussion, students are surprised with their own Ping to remind them to spend, share, and save wisely.
2nd grade ― Money Jars. The Berenstein Bears: Trouble with Money illustrates how the careless cubs learn to responsibly earn, share, and save money, while having fun along the way. The students are presented with their own Money Jar (it’s actually made of tough cardboard!) to assemble, reminding them to divide their money into the different categories.
3rd grade ― Money journal. Students are given a money journal to introduce the concept of setting short-, mid-, and long-term goals. Basic budgeting and organization are also covered.
5th grade ― Investing. Students are introduced to basic concepts of investing, with an opportunity to choose how to invest $100 in paper money from a list of stocks. We examine the value of their stock picks, helping students learn about the volatility of investing and the importance of making smart choices.
11th grade ― Game show. Students take part in an interactive financial education-based game show, with video clips and prizes. Topics include saving money, student loans, credit score, credit cards, auto loans, and more.
12th grade ― Money Live. Students participate in a hands-on simulation that puts teens in the shoes of an adult, making choices about housing, food, childcare, insurance, auto buying, and more.
Additional classroom resources.
At STCU, we’re the first to admit we don’t have all the answers for every educator and every student. So, here are some suggested links to additional free financial education and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) classroom activities that can boost your students’ understanding about money, technology, and the world around them.
Resources and websites for financial literacy instruction from the Washington Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.
Washington State Department of Financial Institutions.
Financial education resources for teachers from the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions.