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40-plus resources for National Financial Capability Month

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President Barack Obama has proclaimed April as National Financial Capability Month. Personal finance can be integrated into other coursework or delivered as a stand-alone course. In this post, I share some of my favorite resources divided into categories and listed in alphabetical order. I included resources for students of all ages.


Bite Club: Save for retirement while running a vampire nightclub.

FarmBlitz: Manage farm resources to build savings and survive financial emergencies.

Financial Football: Give your financial knowledge a workout with the latest version of Financial Football, a fast-paced, NFL-themed video game developed by Visa.

Financial Soccer: Financial Soccer is a fast-paced, multiple-choice question game, testing players’ knowledge of financial management skills as they advance down field and try to score goals.

Groove Nation: Dance and budget on the road to L.A.

*Bonus: My 30 favorite game and scenario based learning programs

Turn-key lessons

BizWorld: This nonprofit inspires children to be innovative leaders through the teaching of business, entrepreneurship and finance. (Lessons must be ordered online.)

EconEdLink: EconEdLink is a leading source of online economic and personal finance lessons and resources for educators, students and afterschool providers.

FEFE: Provides more than 25,000 educators nationwide with free, ready-to-teach classroom materials for grades 7-12.

My Classroom Economy: The program has the same overall objectives for all grades — to instill basic financial responsibility and teach the value of delayed gratification. is the U.S. government’s website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics of financial education.

NEFE: The nonprofit national foundation is dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision making for individuals and families through every stage of life.

PwC’s Earn Your Future: The curriculum is composed of easy to follow lesson plans accompanied by interactive handouts and dynamic multimedia components. The modules span grades 3-12.

St. Louis Federal Reserve: Free classroom resources for K-16 educators to teach about money and banking, economics, personal finance and the Federal Reserve.

The Griffith Foundation: Provides teachers with a classroom-ready product so teachers can spend less time preparing lesson plans and gathering material and more time teaching.

VISA’s Practical Money Skills for Life: Educator-developed and educator-approved, the program has reached millions of students across the nation.


Awesome Island: Award-winning financial education simulation. (not free)

Budget Challenge: Students will get paychecks (less taxes), receive bills, and have access to online bill pay and be forced to make decisions. (not free)

Geni Revolution: Best with middle-school students, this online game gives students the chance to learn important personal finance skills as they play and compete against fellow classmates.

Hands-on Banking: Offers all the basic money tools, skills, and information you need.

Money Metropolis: A fun simulation for elementary students where they can make their own avatars.

Video resources and hooks

Investopedia: Short one- to two-minute video clips perfect for introducing a topic.

Khan Academy & Practical Money Skills: Students can make use of the extensive video library, interactive challenges, and assessments from any computer with access to the Internet.

LIFE Foundation: Video clips to introduce students to various insurance products. (Videos Tab)

OnGuardOnline: The federal government’s website full of games and videos to help students be safe, secure and responsible online.

Paul Solmon: Personal finance topics, explained in plain English.

What high-school students need now

• Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

• CFPB’s Paying For College (including FASFA)

• Federal Reserve’s Consumer’s Guide to Credit Cards

• Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information

• Internal Revenue Service Understanding Taxes

Special education resources (for financial education)

Assets for Independence: Asset-building resources.

Hands-on Banking: Offers all the basic money tools, skills, and information you need.

National Disability Institute: National leaders in empowering the disability community.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services: Specific resources for people with special needs from the Department of Education.

Possibilities: A Financial Resource For Parents of Children with Disabilities: A financial resource for parents.

Mobile applications for kids

Building Wealth: The Dallas Fed’s beginner’s guide to securing your financial future.

Econ Ed Mobile Learning App: The St. Louis Fed’s Econ Ed Mobile Learning app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Financial Football: Play on an iPhone or iPad. Multiple-choice practice questions from national standards.

QuoteEd: An app to build reading and logical reasoning skills. (not free)

Additional resources

Jump$tart’s Clearinghouse: The premier online library of financial education resources, for teachers, parents, caregivers and anyone committed to financial smarts for students.

My LiveBinder and blog: Where I share my favorite resources.

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

Money As You Learn: Developed by the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, 11 personal finance big ideas integrated into English language arts and mathematics classes. The site will be launched soon.

Brian Page (@FinEdChat) was the recipient of the Ohio Department of Education Milken National Educator Award and was a 2012 Money magazine “Money Hero.” He teaches financial education and economics with Reading Community City Schools and serves as an outreach director with Cincinnati United.