This lesson focuses on developing basic money management skills for adults. The specific time focus for these skills is on multiple months to years. The intended audience is for adults ages 18 and above.The lesson will include elements of reading, writing and listening, the use of a mobile budgeting app, and will focus on authentic texts, videos, facts and figures cited from expert research and reports. This lesson will help learners comprehend different money management skills, and help them to understand how to apply them in a long term time frame. These skills can be used in both a personal sense as well as for business.
Learner Audience / Primary Users
Adults- 18 and above
Curriculum / Instruction
- Professional Development, Other.
Lesson Plans, Readings Reference, Games, Unit of Study, Images and Illustration, Other.
Designers for Learning
Money, Budgeting, Practical Skills.
Time Required for Lesson
Key skills covered in this lesson include:
Employability, career, life, finances, money, reading, writing, discussion, critical thinking.
By the end of this lesson, the learner should be able to:
Create a budget.
Explain how to manage a budget.
List ways to save money long term.
Apply information from readings to their own lives.
Level: Adult Education
Grade Level: Type CCRS Grade Level E
Subject: Type CCRS English Language Arts / Literacy
Strand: Reading and Writing
Sub-strand if you chose Reading and Writing (e.g., Reading of Informational Text, Writing of Technical subjects)
The students should have a high school equivalent level of reading and writing skills, and have a rudimentary background in how to budget.
Lesson printout for OER commons, additional video and game material from instructor.
Lesson Author & License
Lesson Author: Colleen Melie
License: Type Creative Commons License; Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license is requested
Part 2: Lesson
The video will be a short five minute presentation on the best ways to practice money management. Students will be asked to take notes while the video is playing, and note down which ways they think are the best and most applicable to their own lives right now. Students and teacher will then engage in a brief review/discussion of the video before the next lesson segment.
Time: 30 minutes
For guided practice, the teacher will pass around several different scenarios to different groups of students. Students will be placed into groups of four, and each group will be presented with a case study which discusses either an individual, family, or business financial plan. The students will need to look at the information in the write-ups of each scenario, and from that information, they will have to design a monthly expenditure plan which details the fixed, flexible and optional expenses. Students will be given a set budget with which to do this, and the goal is to see if they can save any money when the month is over. Students will be encouraged to use technology such as mobile devices to research the average expenses for each item in the given geographical area.
Instructional Strategies and Activities
Time: 10 minutes
The warm up will consist of questions to be answered in partners. The questions will cover prior knowledge that the students have with spending and saving money. The questions will be designed to help determine the level of skill and knowledge that the students have on money management. They will be asked to call upon personal experiences where they felt they managed money well, and times when they felt the managed money poorly.
Time: 10 minutes
The introduction will consist of having students read an small article detailing the budgeting mistakes of a person who recently went into debt. The materials for this introduction will be presented from business magazines such as Entrepreneur. This person needs to be able to pay for college and further education, but now does not have the money to do so. Students will spend about 6 minutes reading the excerpt and then discussing the article as a class. Questions will include: What mistakes did this person make with their budgeting? What could this person have done differently to avoid this result? How could this situation relate to our own lives?
Presentation / Modeling / Demonstration
Time: 10 minutes
The presentation stage will be divided into two sub-stages: New Vocabulary preview and the video presentation on money management. New vocabulary will include words such as checking and savings accounts, fixed, flexible and optional expenses, and frugal. Words will be introduced by both visual cues, like pictures, and also by calling on students’ prior knowledge of prefixes, suffixes and root words to infer meaning.
Time: 20 minutes
For this lesson, students will be evaluated on oral and written presentations about their budgeting assignment mentioned in the Guided Practice section. Students will present their budget plan to the class, utilizing any additional resources they need, including PowerPoint and mobile based visuals. Grades will be given based on the overall structure of the presentation, their use of materials, and their ability to explain their reasoning behind choosing the particular plan they did. Students in the audience will also be asked to participate, giving their feedback of the other group presentations via a rubric and scorecard.
Time: 15 minutes
Students will use a mobile app, Wally, to practice entering their own personal expenses. The instructor and teacher directions for this component of the lesson, A Guide for Managing Finances, can be downloaded below. Students will use time after class to continue entering expenses into the Wally app. The app will create a log of all expenses categorized by type. Students should write a monthly reflection in their journals about their spending habits and whether they are staying within their budgets. Students should be encouraged to continue using Wally to ensure that they are keeping track of their budgeting.
Journals, articles on budgeting and money management from more than one source, video on budgeting.
Youtube video: Waysandhow: How to set up a Budget- Money Management.
Content Created by WaysandHow at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nhn0PGAoF7k.