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Example Lessons

Have a look at the examples below to see how Financial Literacy can be integrated into any area of the curriculum. 

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Lesson: Systems Thinking in Social Studies and Drama

Grades 4 & 5 Social Studies and the ArtsThrough role play, students will explore aspects of western European medieval society including the distribution of wealth and will examine the constraints or privilege that system dictates. The lesson will also explore the challenges that leaders face when managing money and will build their understanding of the complexity of this responsibility.

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Lesson: Planning a Pet Purchase

Grades 4 Mathematics and Language  Students develop problem-solving skills and their understanding of money as they think about what it might cost to purchase and care for a pet. Using a read-aloud book as a minds on hook for the lesson, students reflect on concepts relating to money, value and hidden costs.

 

Teaching and Learning Example Documents

Grade 4 Social Studies and Language:
Medieval Western European Market places and Trade Fairs

Grade 4 Health and Physical Education and Language:
Financial Literacy and Our Choices

Grade 4 Social Studies:
Balancing Human Needs and Environmental Stewardship


 

Subject/Division Association Supporting Materials

Subject and Division Associations have developed learning resources to demonstrate connections between financial literacy knowledge and skills and various curriculum expectations. The links below will take you directly to the financial literacy resources posted on the subject/division association websites.

Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators (CODE)

  • Grade 4 Drama and Financial Literacy – Financial Literacy and Inequities in the Distribution of Wealth
  • Grade 4 Drama and Financial Literacy – If I had $100
  • Grade 4 Dance and Financial Literacy – Financial Literacy and the Environment
  • Grades 4-6 Dramatic Arts and Financial Literacy – Financial Literacy and Trade: Origins and Impact

Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (OAME)

  • Grade 4 Mathematics and Financial Literacy – If I had $100
  • Grade 4 Mathematics and Financial Literacy – Income/Expense Game
  • Grade 4 Mathematics and Financial Literacy – Spending, Sharing, Saving, Schooling
  • Grade 4 Mathematics and Financial Literacy – Making and Spending Money

Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers’ Association (OESSTA)

  • Grade 4 Social Studies and Financial Literacy – International Tourism/Recreation

Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association (OMLTA)

  • Grade 4 French as a Second Language and Financial Literacy – Faire du Camping

Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA)

  • Grades 4-8 Health and Physical Education and Financial Literacy – Money Sense for Students