On the Money: Math Activities to Build Financial Literacy Grades 6-8
by Jennifer M. Bay-Williams, Sarah B. Bush, Susan A. Peters, and Maggie B. McGatha
Middle School Students on the Road to Financial and Mathematical Proficiency
To succeed in college, career, and life, students need to become financially literate. But understanding the basics of a long-term investment or a short-term loan is not enough without the math skills to make financially sound choices.
In the already full curriculum of middle schools today, how can teachers find room to include financial literacy? The key is to integrate financial topics into mathematics instruction, using everyday topics such as spending, saving, and earning to bring math concepts to life. On the Money: Math Activities
to Build Financial Literacy, Grades 6–8 does exactly that.
The fourteen chapters in On the Money provide lessons and activities on such financial topics as jobs and net pay, sales discounts, credit card management, car insurance, and paying for college. The related mathematical skills include determining percentages, analyzing and representing data, evaluating
probabilities, creating functions, and more. Each chapter includes—
students learn how money works and how they can make it work for them.