Financial Football — Using Games to Teach Personal Finance

18 Jan

Financial Football

Teaching students about money and finances usually leads to lots of blank stares and confusion for all parties.  This leaves us with the challenge of finding new and exciting ways to deliver this important content, but not sounds like a news program to our students.  If you are in this same boat, you might want to try Financial Football, a great game that helps keep students interested and engaged while at the same time delivering relevant information.

Through a partnership with the NFL and Visa, Financial Football is essentially a series of videos and lessons themed for three levels ages 11 – adult that will teach students about personal finances.  At the end of these lessons, or as part of the lessons themselves, students can choose an NFL team to play as and then answer questions about what they’ve learned about their finances to move their team down field to score, or stop their opponent’s drive.  This aspect of Financial Football garners a healthy competition in students and encourages learning about this sometimes very dry subject.

Make sure that you check out the resources and lessons tabs as a teacher for good tools and readymade lesson plans for implementing and using Financial Football in your class.  Alternatively, set the students loose with this fun, yet very educational game that is sure to grab interest, especially in the midst of the NFL’s playoff season!

For those students not interested in the NFL or football, there is a similar game available that uses soccer as the platform that contains the same content as Financial Football.

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