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November is Financial Literacy Month

Enjoy Financial Literacy Month with us—virtually—throughout November. Check out our elementary and secondary resources.

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Elementary resources

Needs or wants? That is the question!

Do you need it, or do you want it? That’s an important question to ask before buying anything. This activity is designed to teach kids how to prioritize their needs and wants, and how to make informed choices when shopping.

Hands filling out a form on a table with art supplies and paper play money.

Exploring Coins and Bank Notes

Explore Canadian money with young learners using our printable worksheets.

Counting Money and Making Change

Introduce your Grade 2 students to counting money and forming change combinations. Use these four sets of money math activities individually or in the order listed in this lesson.

Trading Planets

Take a trade mission to planet Plutopia to discover why trading without a common currency is hard.

A collage of cartoon characters, paper play money, pencils and scissors.

Printable Play Money

Practise counting and exchanging coins and bank notes with our printable play money.

Piggy Bank

Practice saving money with this fun piggy bank craft.

Avatar Market

Practice making financial decisions by buying clothing and accessories for avatar puppets.


Secondary resources

The Economics of Suppertime

Make grocery shopping an economic lesson by helping your kids prepare a meal plan, and shop for ingredients based on a budget.

Making Sense of Currencies

Use this activity sheet to practice converting exchange rates.

Price Check: Inflation in Canada

All about inflation: what it is, what it means and how it's measured. Students will learn how the consumer price index is calculated and create their own student price index to measure the prices that matter most to them.

Trading Up: How Countries Benefit from Freer Trade

Use hands-on activities to explore comparative advantage, opportunity cost and specialization. Students will learn how these key economic concepts help countries benefit from trade.

A cartoon astronaut waves in front of a logo of the game.

Virtual Worlds. Real Economies.

The economies in modern, complex video games can teach gamers a lot about decision making and financial literacy.

A diverse group of 4 young children playing a board game.

Playing with Economy

There might be only a handful of basic game formats, but there is an infinity of variations—a surprising number of which require the skills we need to manage our daily economic lives.

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