In celebration of April and Financial Capability Month, the Making Cents Project is showcasing a different financial education program or resource each day of the month. The 28th in this series is $martPath from the Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati.
$martPath is an engaging, interactive, and easy-to-use way for teachers of students in grades 1-6 to embed relevant and fun economic and financial education in their classrooms. Best of all, $martPath is completely free! $martPath units teach students about personal financial responsibility (such as saving, prudent spending, and prioritizing needs and wants) through grade-appropriate, curriculum-aligned, interactive lessons.
To get started, you will need to create a username and password. The program is intended for full group instruction with options for paper-based or online individual assessments for each grade level. Typically the teacher displays $martPath onto a screen and proceeds through a lesson’s videos and interactive games. Specific points within each lesson are identified as opportunities for class discussion.
Below are samples of some of the lessons and the concepts each one reinforces:
A user guide is provided for teachers or other adults who implement the program. In addition to helping users get started, it also provides in-depth directions for having students complete the pre- and post-assessments online. There are also lesson overviews for each lesson list the lesson objectives, the materials that are needed, and a walk-through of each lesson. Before getting started, check out the fast-paced video below.
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