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National Center for Families Learning: A Day At Dollar General - Money Management

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


Website Example:

More Ways

Computer(s), Internet access, projector, headphones/speakers

Activity Description

This is curriculum to use with parents and children to teach both about financial matters such as budgeting, shopping, spending wisely, and money management. It has video/audio components as well as a fully developed teacher guide, lesson plans and student materials. There are four sections with four lessons in each section.


  1. The site uses Flash for it's interactivity. Be sure the devices you are using for the activity have a current version of the Flash plug-in installed on them. Be sure everything works as it should on all computers.
  2. Download and review the program instructional guide (PDF) including the Introduction and Budgeting.
  3. Make copies of any worksheets necessary for the day's lesson(s).


  1. Review the sections one at a time starting with Budgeting.
  2. Follow the suggested procedures in the guide for presenting the lesson.
  3. Cover vocabulary words used in the lesson and check for understanding/comprehension.
  4. Ask discussion questions/brainstorm to get student involvement.
  5. Have the parent (and child if available) go through the online, interactive activity on Budgeting.
  6. You could also do this as a class and stop to discuss the comprehension questions.
  7. If multiple computers are not available, but you have a least one with an Internet connection and a projector, go through the online activity as a class.
  8. Continue working through the curriculum as time allows until you have completed all 16 lessons.

More Ways

  • Have students keep a spending journal until the next class, then see if they can find ways to save for future wants.
  • NCFL also has printable curricula (and other resources) that do not require access to technology for the students. (See the link immediately above to locate these materials.) Here are some titles they currently have:
    • Financial Fitness: A Guide to Everyday Money (96 page PDF)
    • Financial Opportunity: Family Progress (PDF of workbooks, instruction guide, and family materials for home use)
    • Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults (196 page PDF)
    • Introducing Comprehension Strategies to Adult Readers (some videos which require access to YouTube and other information)


  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced


Basic Communication

  • (1.6) Understand consumer protection measures
  • (1.5) Understand how to manage household finances
  • (1.3) Understand methods and procedures used to purchase goods and services
  • (1.2) Use information to identify and purchase goods and services

Basic Communication

  • (6.1) Compute using whole numbers

Basic Communication

  • (7.2) Demonstrate ability to use critical thinking skills
  • (7.3) Demonstrate ability to use problem-solving skills
  • (7.7) Demonstrate the ability to use information and communication technology
  • (7.1) Identify or demonstrate effective skills and practices in accomplishing goals
  • (7.5) Understand aspects of and approaches to effective personal management
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.