Curriculum Insider: 5 Resources to Supplement the Middle School Course

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Nov 17, 2020
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Middle School Tips

As you're using NGPF's Middle School Course, you might be wondering how you can modify the material to better meet your students' needs. Whether you are looking to differentiate the content, dive deeper into specific units, or increase engagement, NGPF's high school curriculum is a great place to pull resources from to supplement the Middle School Course. Below, you'll discover FIVE specific resources we recommend you use! 

#1: QUESTIONS OF THE DAY

Questions of the Day are the perfect way to warm up your students before a lesson or introduce a new topic. These questions are designed to spark curiosity for better student engagement! Questions of the Day come in a slide deck format for easy implementation and typically take 5 minutes of class time. Subscribe to the blog to get these delivered daily in your inbox!

 

#2: FINCAP FRIDAY

Bring current events into your classroom with FinCap Fridays! Students first do a 5-question Kahoot (or use the No Tech option) followed by an engaging 2-minute explainer video. If you want to further extend the conversation, there's a discussion prompt as well as extra resources to follow up with.

FinCap Fridays can take about 15 minutes of class time and are released every Friday. Subscribe to the blog to get these delivered to your inbox!

 

#3: DATA CRUNCHES & MATH COLLECTION

If you're looking to infuse more math into your curriculum, look no further than NGPF's Data Crunches and Math Collection. Data Crunches are 10 minute activities that have students analyze a graph or chart by answering five, scaffolded questions. 

If you want students to practice and apply core math skills through a real-world, personal finance lens, use one of the activities from the Math Collection. These resources include step-by-step examples, practice problems, and reflection questions! 

 

#4: VIDEO LIBRARY

The Video Library includes hundreds of curated, high quality videos that are organized by unit. Plus, many of these videos are EdPuzzles, which allow you to gauge student understanding as they watch the video.

Tip: Don't want to use EdPuzzle? No problem! You can access the YouTube video by clicking on the YouTube icon at the bottom, right-hand corner of the video. 

 

#5: ACTIVITIES

NGPF's high school curriculum includes an extensive Activity Bank that has ready-to-use activities for each unit! These resources have students practice their skills and apply what they've learned within a real-world context and can take anywhere from 10 minutes to a whole class period to complete. 

 

We hope these high school resources are useful as you modify and supplement the Middle School Course

About the Authors

Sonia Dalal

Sonia has always been passionate about instruction and improving students' learning experiences. She's come a long way since her days as a first grader, when she would "teach" music and read to her very attentive stuffed animals after school. Since then, she has taught students as a K-12 tutor, worked in several EdTech startups in the Bay Area, and completed her Ed.M in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is passionate about bringing the high quality personal finance content and instruction she wished she'd received in school to the next generation of students and educators. When she isn't crafting lesson guides or working with teachers, Sonia loves to spend her time singing, being outdoors, and adventuring with family and friends!

Christian Sherrill

Christian comes to NGPF from the world of classroom instruction, where he was a teacher for three years at a public middle school in El Sobrante, California. After leaving the classroom, he joined math tutoring company, Zeal Learning, to help grow their educator-facing sales and marketing efforts. He's no stranger to making a dollar stretch - while living in the Bay Area on his teacher salary he paid down over $40k in student loans in the span of 3 years. He's thrilled to share those lessons with teachers and students around the U.S.