My 9 Favorite Games & Interactives to Teach Credit
Here is my current ranked list of my favorite credit interactives that could be used in NGPF's Managing Credit or Types of Credit Units.
1) Shady Sam: Loan Shark
In this popular game, students sit across the desk from unsuspecting borrowers and try to extract as much profit from them - via interest and loan terms - as possible. Try our existing companion handout to this engaging and easy to play credit game Shady Sam.
2) INTERACTIVE: FICO Credit Scores
We used pieces of the Wall Street Journal interactive to develop Move Up and Down with Credit Scores.
4) 3 Credit Reports Wordwalls
I built these Wordwalls (a free classroom technology tool) as a classroom teacher to better engage students in learning what is included in each credit report. Okay, I sort of cheated here and included three interactives and listed them as one. Think of it as a bonus :)
This is an excellent, simple resource to illustrate (side-by-side with credit scores) how much more expensive loans can cost with lower credit scores. The NGPF Curriculum Team uses this in the lesson CALCULATE: Impact of Credit Score on (Auto) Loans.
This simple to use calculator makes it a breeze for students to explore the true cost of credit card debt. If you don’t have time to pull together your own activity using the calculator, try NGPF's CALCULATE: Shopping with Interest.
7) INTERACTIVE: Credit Across US Communities
This is an engaging tool to use as a bell ringer to pique student interest and springboard into a conversation about why credit scores vary so much from state to state.
9) Cat Insanity
This is one the best credit scoring articles I’ve read. It’s digestible to teens, full of tried and true tricks, and doesn’t read like a text book.
Looking for more credit activities and lessons. Check out the NGPF Types of Credit Unit Page.