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Financial Literacy Lesson Plans and Activities for Middle School Students

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Wages. Salaries. Creating a personal budget. Determining net worth.

These are all concepts that your middle schoolers will use at some point in their lives. But at this stage of their education, many of them have little familiarity with these financial literacy topics.

Financial Literacy Lesson Plans

Below, check out some of our financial literacy lesson plans for middle school, complete with full downloadable worksheets and answer keys, while teaching your students about topics such as choosing a bank, protecting your credit, and building personal budgets.

These lessons may be particularly useful during Financial Literacy Month in April. But financial literacy is a topic that can be emphasized year-round!


Math Meets Entrepreneurship

Don't just tell your students about financial literacy, show it to them! Use this episode of Math at Work to teach your students about how math is used in business. Share the video below so students can watch industry leaders discuss the importance of math in the real world. Then, have students complete the free downloadable lesson plans.

In the video, students present their business pitches to the sharks from the ABC® series Shark Tank: Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, and Kevin O'Leary. They then answer questions about their sales, prices, margins, and profits.


More Financial Literacy Lesson Plans?

Have any more financial literacy activities for middle school students? Or have any tips for teaching this topic to students in Grades 6–8? Please share your lesson plans with us on Twitter (@HMHCo) or email us at

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