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Can I Make It on My Own? student guide
Can I Make It on My Own? is a four-lesson classroom curriculum that introduces high school students to the basics of financial planning.
This 20-page full-color student guide and lesson plans encourage teenagers to plan and budget for adult independence.
Can I Make It on My Own? is great as a stand-alone product, but can also be used with students who have had their eyes opened by the Mad City Money budgeting simulation.
Contents, which are correlated with national curriculum standards for personal finance, math, social studies, economics, and English, include:
Lesson 1: What does stuff really cost?
Using Consumer Price Index data, students examine recent average prices for basic goods in the real world.
Lesson 2: In the hunt for consumer goods
Using contemporary local print ads, students search for the prices of objects that satisfy scavenger hunt criteria, and then find cheaper alternatives, also locally.
Lesson 3: Buying power in time and space
Using Consumer Price Index data and an online calculator, students model the effect of inflation on prices and the value of a dollar. Using Cost-of-Living Index data, students compare the cost of maintaining the same standard of living in different U.S. cities.
Lesson 4: Building a budget
Students learn the components of a budget and practice creating one for a typical young, single adult with financial goals.