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Budgeting games for world languages


Through an interactive game, students practice speaking aloud in their language of study as they share spending decisions they’ve made in the past and start to think about their spending habits in new ways.

Big idea

As consumers, people make spending and saving decisions all the time.

Essential questions

  • When I receive money, do I tend to save it or spend it?  

  • What are my spending habits?


  • Listen to classmates’ responses to buying and spending questions

  • Realize that spending decisions often reflect habits that are developed over time

What students will do

  • Form a circle and toss or bounce the ball to different classmates.

  • Answer a question based on the number they see when they catch the ball by speaking in their language of study, as appropriate, about their spending habits.

  • Reflect on their own spending habits as they listen to classmates’ answers.

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Teacher guide

Budgeting games for world languages (guide)

Note: Please remember to consider your students’ accommodations and special needs to ensure that all students are able to participate in a meaningful way.

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