Are you looking for a single tool to teach K-8th grade students about:
- Personal Finance
- Math, and
- Language Arts?
Look no further – Financial Foundations for Kids is available to Kansas schools for FREE!
About Financial Foundations for Kids (FF4Kids)
Created by Kansans for Kansas youth in 2005, the FF4Kids courseware contains a total of 28 hours of interactive learning for students in grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Each of the 75 lessons provides approximately 20 – 50 minutes of instruction. FF4Kids is a comprehensive standards-based curriculum that helps integrate personal financial literacy and its underlying economic principles into existing language arts and math curriculums.
All Kansas schools can use FF4Kids at no cost. This resource was created in Flash and until December of 2020 you can still use the full version if you can enable flash player and register to use the full Flash program. If you have already registered, your previous password can be used or retrieved here. See the teacher’s guide for more information. We have converted most of the resource to video format and those links are included below but do not have the drag and drop math activities. QUESTIONS? Contact KCEE at (316) 978-5183 or firstname.lastname@example.org to answer any questions.https://vimeo.com/showcase/6894149
Updates to this resource and Teacher’s Guides made possible by:
Lattner Family Foundation
Original development made possible by:
Office of the State Bank Commissioner
Kansas Health Foundation
Financial Fitness Foundation
Visit the FF4KIDS TEACHER RESOURCES page for more helpful resources. Teacher Guides, Assessments and much more!
Downloadable Teachers’ Guide with supplemental resources and classroom activities
- K-2 FF4Kids TEACHER GUIDE 2020
- 3-5 FF4Kids TEACHER GUIDE 2020
- 6-8 FF4Kids TEACHER GUIDE 2020
- Online Pre-tests and Post-tests
- Personal Finance Printables – Activities for K-5
- Quizlet Vocab for all 8 grade levels
- Coming soon Kahoot activities.
Through December 2020 you still have the ability to run the full program with the Flash math and drag & drop activities. You can register to access the full version using Chrome browser and allow Flash at http://www.ff4kids.com/ff4k_full/login.asp.
The links below will take you directly to the videos.
Buddy Bargain introduces students to basic economic terms and concepts through his interactions with family, friends, and neighbors. Students learn how money is used, how families generate incomes, about producers and consumers, and many other economic and personal finance concepts in a fun, kid-friendly environment.
Download K-2 Teacher’s Guide
Level K: Program 1 – How Money Works
- Episode 1 – Making Choices about Money
- Episode 2 – Goods and Services
- Episode 3 – How Consumers Use Money
Level K: Program 2 – How Families Make Money
Level 1: Program 1 – Producing Producers
- Episode 1 – Examples of Goods and Services
- Episode 2 – What Do Producers Provide?
- Episode 3 – Different Kinds of Jobs
Level 1: Program 2 – Getting Goods and Services
Level 1: Program 3 – Making Money Choices
Level 2: Program 1 – Buying and Selling
- Episode 1 – Satisfying Wants with Goods and Services
- Episode 2 – Consumers and Producers
- Episode 3 – Examples of Consumers and Producers
Level 2: Program 2 – Spending or Stashing Your Cash
- Episode 1 – Exchanging Money for Purchases
- Episode 2 – Jobs, Income, and Employee Benefits
- Episode 3 – What Does it Mean to Save?
Level 2: Program 3 – Picking Between Price Tags
- Episode 1 – The Decision-Making Process
- Episode 2 – The Opportunity Cost of a Choice
- Episode 3 – What is a Budget?
Sidney Goodcents reinforces and expands on many of the concepts presented by Buddy Bargain in the K-2 curriculum, while introducing more sophisticated concepts such as the role of government, financial institutions, lending and borrowing, and markets. Sydney and her friends use these new concepts to help make better decisions as they encounter economic and financial dilemmas.
Download 3-5 Teacher’s Guide
Level 3: Program 1 – Dollar Dilemmas
- Episode 1 – Producers and Consumers
- Episode 2 – Consumers and Their Wants
- Episode 3 – How Markets are Created
Level 3: Program 2 – Money Mayhem
- Episode 1 – Some Resources are Limited
- Episode 2 – How Wants are Satisfied
- Episode 3 – Opportunity Cost
Level 3: Program 3 – Earning, Income & Incentives
- Episode 1 – Where People Save and Borrow
- Episode 2 – How Income is Used
- Episode 3 – Human Capital and Incentives
- Episode 4 – Employee Benefits and Jobs
Level 4: Program 1 – The Trade-off Tug of War
- Episode 1 – Opportunity Cost of Activities
- Episode 2 – Most Decisions Require Trade-offs
- Episode 3 – Costs Versus Benefits
Level 4: Program 2 – A Supply and Demand Market
- Episode 1 – Market Economic Systems
- Episode 2 – Market Competition and Prices
- Episode 3 – Careers and Specialization
Level 5: Program 1 – Decisions, Decisions
- Episode 1 – Effects of Scarce Resources
- Episode 2 – What Influences Choices?
- Episode 3 – Decisions Involve Trade-offs
Level 5: Program 2 – Making a Buck
- Episode 1 – Producing Goods and Services
- Episode 2 – How are Prices Determined?
- Episode 3 – Competition Affects Prices
Level 5: Program 3 – Helping Bankers Help You
- Episode 1 – What are Banks?
- Episode 2 – What is Credit?
- Episode 3 – Choices have Financial Effects
- Episode 4 – Spending, Saving and Borrowing
- Episode 5 – Positive and Negative Incentives
Level 5: Program 4 – The Tax Man
The Moolah Report introduces more advanced personal financial management skills through a TV News program format. The teenage newscasters demonstrate through news stories and interviews with people from the community how important education and good financial management skills are to a successful life.
Download 6-8 Teacher’s Guide – DRAFT
Level 6: Program 1 – The Budget Balancing Act
- Episode 1 – Budgeting, Trade-Offs and Opportunity Cost
- Episode 2 – Spending Less, Saving the Rest
- Episode 3 – Income Management and Payment Methods
- Episode 4 – To Spend, Save, or Borrow? That is the Question!
Level 6: Program 2 – The Specs on Specialization
- Episode 1 – The Importance of Specialization
- Episode 2 – The Effect of Productivity on Income
- Episode 3 – Improving Productivity Through Specialization
Level 7: Program 1 – Personal and Public Benefits
- Episode 1 – Inflation and Deflation
- Episode 2 – Positive and Negative Incentives
- Episode 3 – Types of Employee Benefits
- Episode 4 – Government Goods and Services
Level 7: Program 2 – Investing in Your Future
- Episode 1 – Human Capital Supply and Demand
- Episode 2 – What is compound interest?
- Episode 3 – Return, Liquidity, and Risk
- Episode 4 – Costs and Benefits of Spending, Saving, or Both
Level 8: Program 1 – Income, Incentives, and Institutions
- Episode 1 – Types of Earned Income
- Episode 2 – Employee Responses to Positive and Negative Incentives
- Episode 3 – Specialized Economic Institutions
Level 8: Program 2 – Starting the Savings Snowball
- Episode 1 – Saving Accumulation: Amount Saved, Rate of Return, and Time
- Episode 2 – Products and Services: Spending, Saving, and Borrowing Decisions
- Episode 3 – Calculating Interest and Account Balances
Level 8: Program 3 – Mastering Your Money