Activities for Junior Grades - Wallet Wellness


Need It! Want It!

Students explore the difference between needs and wants by creating their own concept map using a hierarchy of needs as a reference. Focus will be on using real life examples.

A Healthy Choice

Students use simple comparison shopping techniques to make purchasing decisions about food choices. The focus is on justifying their choices financially.

Snack Time!

Students create a list of a week’s worth of snacks from local grocery stores or markets for a family that includes healthy choices within a specific budget.

Costly Choices

Students explore the short-term and long-term effects of tobacco use on both physical health and finances over time.

Power of the Ad

Students explore how advertising techniques can influence their buying decisions related to food and everyday items. Guidelines for viewing and evaluating advertisements are created.

Class Party!

Students plan a class party on a budget taking a few limitations into consideration. Students analyze, compare and evaluate different plans to vote on one.

To Save or Spend?

Students analyze a scenario where they have won a cash prize for a poster design contest. They must decide how to use their winnings by considering different variables.


Get Snackin'

In this video, a child has been given a budget and is asked to choose their own lunch snack for the school week. Enjoy a snack by exploring concepts related to comparison shopping, decision-making skills, budgeting, healthy food choices and more!

Pay to Play

In this video, a child is playing their favorite tablet game when they must face the temptations of in-game purchasing. Find out how much they are willing to pay to play by exploring concepts related to needs versus wants, decision making skills, media influences, and more!