Perspectives from Educators: Using <em>Katrina's Classroom</em> to Teach Personal Finance

Perspectives from Educators: Using Katrina's Classroom to Teach Personal Finance

Have you considered using Katrina's Classroom to teach financial literacy? April is a great time to introduce this compelling curriculum to your students. Extra Credit offers some insights from fellow teachers who have effectively integrated the program into their classes.
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Lesson: Exploring Careers in Economics

Lesson: Exploring Careers in Economics

Do your students love studying economics? Would you like to encourage them to consider a career in this interesting and growing field? If so, Extra Credit has the right lesson for your class. A related article discusses the need for diversity in the economics field.
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Financial Lessons from Athletes Who Earned and Lost Millions

Financial Lessons from Athletes Who Earned and Lost Millions

Are your students interested in professional sports? Get them talking about personal finance with stories drawn from the lives of pro athletes. In this Extra Credit reprint from ACTE's Techniques magazine, Claire Loup, senior economic education specialist, suggests strategies to incorporate the ESPN documentary Broke in your classroom.
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UPDATES & OTHER NEWS
April Is Financial Literacy Month
March 31, 2016
April Is Financial Literacy Month
It's only fitting that April, the month of the income tax deadline, is also National Financial Literacy Month. This commemoration is intended to raise awareness about the importance of personal finance education. Extra Credit has some classroom-ready lessons and activities for teaching financial literacy.
Katrina Strikes: Financial and Emergency Preparedness
March 7, 2016
Katrina Strikes: Financial and Emergency Preparedness
In the event of a natural disaster or personal tragedy, the financially prepared are generally able to recover more quickly, which helps the economy remain stable. Extra Credit provides a lesson to help your students create a plan for emergency and financial preparedness.
From Raw Materials to Riches: Mercantilism and the British North American Colonies
February 29, 2016
From Raw Materials to Riches: Mercantilism and the British North American Colonies
How can you get your students excited about the topic of mercantilism? Extra Credit has the answer! In this lesson, students engage in simulations as colonists and business owners, and they learn about mercantile policies used in the early American colonies.




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How Coins Are Made...for Kids!

Did you know that all new U.S. coins are born in Washington, DC, when Congress votes on and the president approves the idea to authorize their creation? Did you know that artists work at the U.S. Mint to design the new coin and that one metal roll, used to cut 325,000 blank coins, is as long as five football fields? Did you know that, when finished, all new coins are sent to Federal Reserve Banks to be distributed from there to banks and credit unions around the country?

Watch this informative video from the U.S. Mint to learn all about the coin-making process and to help us commemorate National Coin Week, April 17–23.

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