GREAT VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
GREAT VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Grade Level: 10th, 11th and 12th
Length of Course: Semester
Periods Per Cycle: 6 periods/cycle
Credit: .5 credit
Duration of Session: 47 Minutes
District Phone Ext: 2125
Teacher: Mr. Balderson
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Finance is a great course for the student who wants to acquire the lifelong personal finance skills necessary to be a financially-literate member of society. Technology, globalization, and legislation have resulted in a more complex financial environment that requires consumers to be more involved in managing their personal finances. This course will help students understand and navigate the ever increasing difficult world of finance. The course will center on hands-on activities and on real-life financial decisions and problems. Topics will include budgeting, goal setting, banking, saving & investing, tax-preparation, using credit wisely, and insurance.
RESOURCES & SOFTWARE
Web Sites: NYSE IRS
Moneys Best Friend The Mint
Investor Words Yahoo! Finance
Virtual Stock Exchange Mortgage Calculator
Periodicals: Guide to Understanding Money & Investing Wall Street Journal
Business Week Magazine Forbes
Money Magazine Business & Finance Magazine
Software: MS Excel MS Word
MS PowerPoint World Wide Web
PROCEDURES FOR EVALUATION
A Total Points system of grading is used in this class. Each assignment, project, quiz, etc., is worth a certain number of points. The points the students earn are recorded in the electronic grading program. At the end of the marking period, the students’ quarter grade will be determined by dividing the total number of possible points into the total number of points earned by each student. Because the teachers at Great Valley use an electronic grading program, students and parents have the ability at any time to know what his or her current average is. There will generally be no homework given for this course (although students may be required to bring in pictures and or other materials to use for various projects).
MAJOR UNITS COVERED
1. Money Management – Saving and Budgeting
2. Banking and Financial Services
3. Using Credit Wisely
4. Investing in the Stock Market
5. Fundamentals of Insurance
6. Taxes for Teens
Quizzes and Projects
1. Students will take one test after the completion of each of the above units.
2. Students will complete a set of business problems pertinent to each unit of study.
3. Students will use PowerPoint to profile a public company of their choice.
4. Students will participate in a stock market project and an online virtual stock market simulation.
Students are required to participate in all classroom discussions as well as classroom projects demonstrating the various units of study.
How the Marking Period Grade is Determined
Business Problems: 30%
Class Assignments and Participation: 30%