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InspireFinancialLearning.ca is an initiative of the Ontario Teachers' Federation to provide teachers with effective tools and strategies to help their students navigate the complex world of personal finances.

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Lesson Plan

Restaurant Challenge

During this lesson, students will determine the costs needed to run a small business, a restaurant, and determine how many meals they will need to sell to earn a profit.

  • Grade Level: 7
  • Course(s)/Subject(s):

    Mathematics, grades 1­–8 (2005)
    Language Arts (2006)

Lesson Plan

Urban planning and your finances

In this lesson, students have an opportunity to experience the effects of urban growth on their personal finances. The phenomena of urban sprawl, vehicle use, traffic congestion, and population density have distinct effects on personal finances. This lesson will serve as a bridge between urban geography and financial literacy.

  • Grade Level: 9-10
  • Course(s)/Subject(s):

    CGC1D – Issues in Canadian Geography
    CGC1P – Issues in Canadian Geography
    *Also applicable in Economics and Business.

Article

Stay at home, buy or rent? Kit’s story

A case study in leaving the nest

  • Grade Level: 11-12
  • Theme(s): Spending

Article

Where did all my money go?

Kid- and teen-ready tips for tracking cash

  • Grade Level: K-2
  • Theme(s): Planning & tracking

Article

Household money activities for kids

Activities and games for kids from pre-school to university

  • Grade Level: K-2
  • Theme(s): Money basics

Article

When your kid can’t get a job

If your child is struggling, help develop their financial skills

  • Grade Level: 11-12
  • Theme(s): Earning

Interactive Tool

The Cranial Cash Clash

Play the game and test your personal finance knowledge

  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Theme(s): Investing

Lesson Plan

Saving vs. spending

In this lesson, students will explore the pros and cons of spending and saving, and the effect of interest on saving and borrowing. Class discussions cover the importance of starting early with retirement and other savings plans, the importance of an emergency fund, and how to apply the Rule of 72.

  • Grade Level: 11-12
  • Course(s)/Subject(s):

    HIP4O – Personal Life Management MCR3U – Functions
    CIE 3M – The Individual and the Economy

Lesson Plan

Know your flow

In this lesson, students will identify and review their expenses and income and learn to create a budget.

  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Course(s)/Subject(s):

    BBI1O/BBI2O – Introduction to Business
    HIF1O/2O – Exploring Family Studies
    HIP4O – Personal Life Management
    CIE 3M – The Individual and the Economy

Lesson Plan

Tower building on a budget

In this lesson, students compare the benefits and costs of spending decisions by working in teams to build the tallest tower on the lowest budget.

  • Grade Level: 5-6
  • Course(s)/Subject(s):

    Mathematics
    Science

Lesson Plan

Zero-budget band

Forming a percussion ensemble can be expensive. This lesson explores using repurposed items to create soundscapes and rhythmic music. The lesson demonstrates that having a zero-budget need not be a barrier to making music.

  • Grade Level: 9
  • Course(s)/Subject(s):

    AMU1O

Lesson Plan

Personal budgeting 101

In this lesson, students learn the fundamentals of budgeting. Students track income and spending using a journal, design a simple budget, and apply a tool to save for the future.

  • Grade Level: 8
  • Course(s)/Subject(s):

    Mathematics, grades 1–8 (2005)

Lesson Plan

My furry friend: costs of pet ownership

Students will calculate and compare the cost of caring for different pets for one year and explore some of the personal benefits of owning a pet.

  • Grade Level: 6
  • Course(s)/Subject(s):

    Mathematics

Lesson Plan

Two Cents – Money Wisdom

In this lesson, students assess and evaluate money advice from family members and experts in the community by conducting interviews about how different people earn, save and spend money.

  • Grade Level: 6
  • Course(s)/Subject(s):

    Language

Lesson Plan

The Money dilemma: a comic strip

What would you do if you found $10 on the ground? Students will explore a money dilemma by creating a comic strip illustrating the ethical decision.

  • Grade Level: 4-6
  • Course(s)/Subject(s):

    Language – Writing, Media Literacy
    The Arts – Visual Arts

Lesson Plan

Mathlete: The costs of playing sports

In this lesson, students compare costs associated with participating in various sports and graph the results. Students then consider ways families can stay fit without spending a lot of money.

  • Grade Level: 5
  • Course(s)/Subject(s):

    Mathematics
    Health & Physical Education

Lesson Plan

Duct tape wallet (math edition)

In this lesson, students calculate the amount and cost for duct tape needed to make duct tape wallets. (This lesson is used along with the Art Lesson, Duct Tape Wallet).

  • Grade Level: 4
  • Course(s)/Subject(s):

    Mathematics

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