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A Beginner’s Guide to Securing Your Financial Future

For Teachers

For Teachers

Building Wealth in the Classroom

Explore this site for tools that facilitate personal financial education in the high school or college classroom.

Teach students about:

Interactive Lesson Plans

Building Wealth :

  • In-depth financial literacy lessons contain:
    • PDF presentation
    • Instructional objectives
    • Scaffolded handouts and extension activities
    • Procedure document
    • Assessments
  • Keyed to curriculum standards

The Texas Legislature mandated the teaching of personal finance education in the economics high school classroom. The Texas State Board of Education approved Building Wealth as one of the resources that meets this mandate.

Online Guide

With the Building Wealth online guide you can:

  • Learn about the people of Building Wealth:
    • Explore their various financial situations and related topics
    • See how each character sets goals, budgets, builds credit and controls debt
    • Review what they (and you) have learned
  • Try out interactive forms and tools (available in web, PDF or Excel versions) on:
    • Defining personal wealth
    • Using a balance sheet to determine net worth
    • Setting financial goals
    • Tracking daily spending
    • Creating a budget
    • Planning an investment strategy
    • Controlling debt
  • Navigate between tools/resources and chapter content
  • Easily access glossary and resource links

The online guide also contains the information and resources available in the printed guide pdf.

Printed Guide

The Building Wealth printed guide includes:

  • Lessons with examples of how the people of Building Wealth set goals, budget, build credit and control debt (see the online guide for more in-depth exploration of each character and their financial situations)
  • Paper forms that help you learn how to:
    • Define personal wealth
    • Use a balance sheet to determine net worth
    • Set financial goals
    • Track daily spending
    • Create a budget
    • Plan an investment strategy
    • Control debt
  • A comprehensive glossary and resource list in the back of the guide

To request free paper copies, order online or call 800-333-4460.

The printed guide is available for download in English pdf and Spanish pdf.

  1. Budget to Save: The Balance Sheet
  2. Budget to Save: Developing a Budget
  3. Save and Invest: Put It in the Bank
  4. Save and Invest: Owning versus Renting
  5. Save and Invest: Stocks—Owning Part of a Company
  6. Save and Invest: Bonds—Lending Your Money
  7. Save and Invest: Diversification
  8. Save and Invest: Investing for a Lifetime
  9. Save and Invest: Risk and Return
  10. Control Debt: Use Credit Wisely
  11. Take Control of Debt: Are You Credit Worthy?
  12. Take Control of Debt: Term Loans