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Making spending choices


Students listen to a Money Monster story about getting a pet and then discuss spending choices.

Big idea

It’s a good idea to understand your options before you decide how to spend your time and money.

Essential questions

  • How do we make choices about what to spend time and money on?
  • What should I think about when I want something?


  • Understand that we have choices about what to spend time and money on
  • Consider things to think about before spending our time and money

What students will do

  • Listen to a story about a character getting a pet. (You will need a book reader app to open ePub files).
  • Discuss things to think about before making a big purchase.
  • Pretend to choose a pet based on how much time and money each option requires.

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