Get Your Hands on Banking with Wells Fargo

Throughout April, we are celebrating Financial Capability Month by featuring a variety of financial education programs and resources that you can put to use in your classroom right away. The 15th in this series is Hands on Banking from Wells Fargo.

The Hands on Banking program offers financial education for students in grades 4 and up with additional program components for adults, entrepreneurs, military personnel, and senior citizens. The entire program – at all levels – is available in both English and Spanish.

pretend deposit slipBefore looking at the program, let’s talk about the proverbial elephant in the room. Many educators worry about bringing materials into their classrooms that are sponsored by a financial institution or other corporate entity. That’s a valid concern and one each educator should give careful consideration to when selecting financial education materials. One of the great things about the Hands on Banking program is that there is no branding or mention of specific products within the site or the classroom materials. For example, the sample checks and deposit slips shown in the materials do not include any branding or logos. Now, that said, the website does include a small Wells Fargo logo and copyright mention at the bottom of each page. If that could be a concern for you, parents, or your school’s administration, be sure to check it out and review it with stakeholders in advance.

Let’s take a look at what Hands on Banking has to offer educators and students:

Materials at three levels

  • Kids (upper elementary, grades 4-5)
  • Teens (middle school, grades 6-8)  
  • Young Adults (high school, ages 15-21)  

Self-paced online instruction

  • Students can read and engage with content at their own pace
  • Embedded assessments

Educator resources

Standards correlations

Disclaimer: Resources included on the Making Cents blog have been reviewed by Pennsylvania educators and deemed worthwhile for classroom or professional use. Inclusion does not indicate endorsement by the Pennsylvania Department of Education or Penn State University.

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