Item Number: INT-BUDGET

Technology Integration: Business Studies, Language Arts, Math, Visual Arts

Technology Skill: Graphics, Spreadsheet, Word Processing

Program: Excel Online, Google Apps, Google Docs, Google Drawings, Google Sheets, Office 365 Online, Word Online

Includes: Financial Literacy Lessons, Money Management Activities using Google Apps or Office 365 Online, TechnoBudget Teacher Guide, Printable Student Workbook, Paperless Worksheets, Extension Activities, TechnoBudget Parent Letter, TechnoBudget Certificate, Budget Skill Summary, Spreadsheet Checklist, Spreadsheet Marking Sheet, Report Marking Sheet, Sample Spreadsheet Workbook, Sample Budget Report, Idiom Sample

Assignment 1: Money Management and You

Introduce budgeting and rate money management style.

Assignment 2: An Unexpected Windfall

Explain a practical reason for a financial windfall. Select budget categories.

Assignment 3: Discover Spreadsheets

Learn spreadsheet terminology and practice basic skills.

Assignment 4: Calculate your Budget

Divide a budget into categories. Use AutoSum to calculate totals.

Assignment 5: Create a Pie Graph and Edit the Budget

Create a pie graph. Adjust the budget based on the amount allocated for each category.

Assignment 6: Create a Spending Plan Worksheet

Design a spending plan table. Calculate taxes, track totals, and show overspending.

Assignment 7: Plan a Shopping Spree

Visit online stores. Make purchasing decisions and record information in the spending plan table.

Assignment 8: Use a Bar Graph to Summarize Spending Plan

Create a bar graph of the spending plan. Examine the allocation of funds.

Assignment 9: Spreadsheet Checklist

Complete a checklist to examine the content of the spreadsheet workbook.

Assignment 10: Justify Financial Choices in a Report

Use Google Docs or Word Online to write a report. Support reasoning with graphs.

Optional Financial Literacy Activities using Google Apps or Office 365 Online

  • Compare Purchasing Options: Research to locate the best deal for an item.
  • Use Functions to Analyze Spending: Calculate sum, average, minimum, maximum, count.
  • Filter and Sort Data: Sort data alphabetically and numerically. Filter by condition or value.
  • Category Comparison Table/Graph: If-then formulas, sheet and absolute cell references.
  • Credit and Debt: Calculate the cost of borrowing and the time needed for repayment.
  • Consumer Awareness: Rate corporate responsibility.
  • Money Idioms: Use a drawing program to illustrate a popular saying about money.
Determine a Budget
Create a Spending Plan
Justify Financial Choices
Develop Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy and Money Management Activities using Spreadsheets

Motivate middle and high school students to understand money. Integrate budgeting activities into a personal finance, problem solving, graphing, or spreadsheet unit. Encourage real-word problem solving with practical tasks that require critical thinking.

  • Develop financial literacy
  • Determine a budget and create a spending plan
  • Problem solve to make decisions
  • Justify financial choices in a report
  • Understand credit and debt
  • Organize data in a spreadsheet using multiple sheets
  • Graph data in a pie, column/bar, or comparison chart
  • Format cells to make data easy to read
  • Calculate taxes, totals, and overspending using formulas
  • Sort and filter data, use if-then formulas

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Develop financial literacy using a problem solving model. The fun begins with a windfall and shopping spree. Students create a budget and spending plan. They use an online spreadsheet program to organize, calculate, and graph data. A report is written to justify financial choices and share insights about money management. Activities are for middle and high school students.

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