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Teaming up to build a budget


Students pretend to plan a middle school event to learn about budgeting.

Big idea

Product research and comparison shopping help you stay within a budget. 

Essential questions

  • What criteria do people use when they make spending decisions? 
  • How is my budget different from others’ budgets? 


  • Explore criteria for comparison shopping
  • Understand the importance of spending money within a budget

What students will do

  • Identify a middle school event they’d like to plan.
  • Determine how much it will cost to hold the event.

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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.

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