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Elementary Education



A reading of “Just Saving My Money” by Mercer Mayer. Students explore ways young people earn money such as completing household chores and hosting lemonade stands. The book introduces the concept of bank accounts and the importance of saving money to reach financial goals.

Grade 1

Earn, Save, Spend & Share

Students review the names/values of Canadian coins through a song and explore ways in which people earn money. Through interactive class discussions and songs, they explore the importance of saving money, making choices related to money and using money to help others.

Grade 2

I Need It! I Want It!

Students explore the differences between needs and wants. They review the names/values of Canadian coins and are introduced to Canadian bills. The presentation concludes with an interactive ‘money match’ and ‘shopping’ game where they learn the costs of everyday items and practice their math skills.

Grade 3

Spending Sense

Students examine the choices people make when they spend money. They are introduced to the concepts of goods and services. Through interactive classroom activities, they explore the basics of comparison shopping.

Grade 4


A fun-filled 45-minute class begins with a reading of “Rock, Brock and the Savings Shock” by Sheila Bair, followed by a craft-based activity and discussion on personal savings goals. Each student will take home a hand-made piggy bank and the book is donated to the school library for future use by students and teachers.

Grade 5

Money & Payment Options

Students learn the history, characteristics and functions of money. They are introduced to payment options such as cash, debit, cheque, gift cards and online transactions. Students also explore the advantages and disadvantages of these options. The presentation concludes with an interactive ‘question and answer’ activity designed to test the knowledge learned.

Grade 6

Savvy Spending

Students learn how messages from advertisements may influence the decisions people make on how they spend their money. They explore how advertising may alter their perceptions of wants and needs.