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There are several goals to this classroom initiative, and each is aligned to every student enrolled in social studies courses at John Hopkins Middle School (6th-8th grade). First, since every student is required to partake in the financial literacy initiative this will assist in students meeting the guidelines required by Florida State Statutes [Section 1003.4282(3)(g)]. Secondly, this initiative plans to add to the current Finance Park curriculum by bringing in additional real-world scenarios that allow students to gain a better understanding of how finances, even bartering, was and still is an intricate part in an effort for populations to gain the resources they needed to survive and thrive throughout history. Lastly, this initiative focuses on students enrolled in Civics courses as well because they will be able to understand the reasons why people monetarily support specific candidates and the impact their funding has on campaigns and political parties.

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ACH Supporting the Financial Literacy Requirement

School:
John Hopkins Middle School 
Subject:
Social Studies 
Teacher:
Claire Lynch 
 
Social Studies Department 
Students Impacted:
700 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
August 12, 2019
Deadline:
December 20, 2019

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Only $3,331.64 Needed

 

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Goal

There are several goals to this classroom initiative, and each is aligned to every student enrolled in social studies courses at John Hopkins Middle School (6th-8th grade). First, since every student is required to partake in the financial literacy initiative this will assist in students meeting the guidelines required by Florida State Statutes [Section 1003.4282(3)(g)]. Secondly, this initiative plans to add to the current Finance Park curriculum by bringing in additional real-world scenarios that allow students to gain a better understanding of how finances, even bartering, was and still is an intricate part in an effort for populations to gain the resources they needed to survive and thrive throughout history. Lastly, this initiative focuses on students enrolled in Civics courses as well because they will be able to understand the reasons why people monetarily support specific candidates and the impact their funding has on campaigns and political parties.  

 

What will be done with my students

Utilizing the current curriculums as a guide, I plan to work with my school principal (Carlmon Jones) and the social studies instructional staff developer (Jessica Arriola) to add additional lessons and resources that come at an extra expense to the school. These resources include running real-world simulations in the classrooms that involve in-depth studies of world history civilizations and their economic systems, as well as having students run for classroom offices so they gain a better understanding of how funding impacts campaigns and political parties. It would be an ultimate goal to have students create their own student-body system that allows for them to not only have a voice in the school, but also create a strong school-wide culture. Additional resources will need to be created and compiled to have students understand the finances relating to college and career readiness (i.e. loans, grants, scholarships), and students will be exposed to the different scholarships that are already available to them at the middle school level through essay and speaking competitions (i.e. MLK Essay Contest). This not only meets financial literacy requirements, but it also meets writing standards by practicing the writing process.  

 

Benefits to my students

Every student in 6th-8th grade will know not only the basics of financial literacy as the Florida State Statute [Section 1003.4282(3)(g)] requires, but the real-world simulations will allow for the students to gain hands-on experiences with an even greater understanding of economic systems and political campaigns. Additional benefits include students practicing their writing and public speaking skills in preparation for submitting essays and other materials to local, state, and national competitions in hopes of gaining a college scholarship.  

 

Describe the Students

As of the 2018 school year, students were almost 100% from low-income families with free and reduced lunches, there were more females than males, and the majority of students are African American and minorities. Although there were lower scores in years past, the 2018-2019 school year showed increased performance rates of student. Civics scores rose from a 40% pass rate to an 83% pass rate! It is my goal to keep this progression moving upward by utilizing the grant and the additional development of curriculum. Additional information for the school is found through Pinellas County Schools resources.  

 

Budget Narrative

Please see line items for further descriptions. Last year we did a field trip to the mayor's office in one day for half of my students. This year, I'd like to expand that to all social studies students.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Money Savy U Instructor Materials (x6 @ $39.99ea) $239.94
2 Money Savy U Worksheet Bundles (class sets x6 @$24.95ea) $149.70
3 Basic teaching supplies (markers, poster paper, sticky notes, additional copies, chart paper, etc.) (x6 @ $150ea) $900.00
4 Student Campaign supplies (markers, paper, posters) (x6 class sets @ $150ea) $900.00
5 Voting Systems via Election Buddy ($89 per election - x3 elections) $267.00
6 Writing Notebooks for Essay and Financial Literacy (x750 @ $0.50) $375.00
7 Field Trip Busses to Mayor's Office $500.00
  Total: $3,331.64

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Only $3,331.64 Needed

 

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