Help Them Start Out Strong

Help high school students start their financial lives smart and strong. These lessons cover school loans, saving and investing, balancing a budget, and developing strong credit.

The Hands on Banking financial education program offers lessons, activities, and other resources you can download and use alone or as a supplement or complement to your teaching. This engaging and innovative program is modular and divided into scaffolding units; however, you can order and organize the content to best meet the needs of your students.

Instructor Guide

This comprehensive instructor guide can be used alone or in conjunction with the online High School Course. The six units correspond to the online video lessons: Getting Started; Earning Money; Spending Smart; Save, Invest and Build Wealth; All About Credit; and School and Money. This guide contains discussion questions and key points, worksheets and activities, and teaching tips.


Hands on Banking® Experience

The Hands on Banking Experience is a “real-world” money management simulation, designed for high school students and young adults, that helps teach important financial education concepts such as budgeting, comparison shopping, and evaluating needs, wants, and trade offs in a relevant and engaging way.

Hands on Banking Experience


Featured Lesson Plans

These newly developed lessons offer an integrated approach to teach advanced financial concepts in an age- and developmentally-appropriate way. Check out these new lessons and help students understand important real-world financial concepts and situations.

Meeting Goals in Spite of Unexpected Events (PDF)Evaluating Charities (PDF)
Navigating the World of Virtual Currency (PDF)Insurance Basics (PDF)
What Taxes are For (PDF)


Activities Toolkit

The activities toolkit offers engaging activities that can be done in class to reinforce important financial topics in less than 45 minutes. Important financial concepts and problem solving are woven into all of the program’s units and materials to help students apply their understanding of responsible money management across different contexts.



PowerPoint presentations for high school audiences are available on the Hands on Banking Practitioner Resources page.


Standards Map

Use these handy at-a-glance guides to identify and select lessons that support the following standards:

  • Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy
  • Common Core State Standards1
  • C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards
  • Family and Consumer Sciences National Standards, NASAFACS2
  • Council for Economic Education (CEE) National Standards for Financial Literacy

1The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers are the sole owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards. © Copyright 2010. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

2The National Association of State Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences (NASAFACS) are the sole owners and developers of the Family and Consumer Sciences National Standards. © Copyright 2018. NASAFACS. All rights reserved.