Financial Friday Activities

Help your students learn about Financial Literacy with two Stavros-created resources. For K-5, we have Money in a Minute, which include daily images with questions that align to Florida standards. Middle and high school teachers may also find these images useful, as they exemplify the basic economic concepts. For middle and high school, we have created a calendar of daily news-related activities that include articles from Tampa Bay Times or other media resources from the TBT Newspaper in Education program (including political cartoons, news videos, and supplement articles). We provide compelling questions that align to the standards included in the high school and middle school Financial Literacy standards. Thanks to State Farm for providing funding that helped us assemble this resource for educators!
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Happy Financial Fridays. May the cash be with you!

USF Stavros Center receives Albert Beekhuis Award

The Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education at the University of South Florida has been selected by the Council on Economic Education for the coveted 2015 Albert Beekhuis Award.  The Council on Economic Education (CEE) is the national organization in the field of “economics and financial literacy education.” The award recognizes an affiliated Center for Economic Education for outstanding performance in working with teachers and exhibiting excellence in practice, delivery of high quality programs, and outreach to its community. The CEE network of state councils and centers consists of more than two hundred centers for economic education. The award was presented to Dr. Dick Puglisi and to the USF Stavros Center team at the 54th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference Awards Luncheon on Thursday October 8th at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club.

Financial Literacy Webquest


  1. View and read about the Senate hearing on Financial Literacy Education
  2. St. Louis Fed Resources for K-12. Examine the resources and information available for the three grade levels. Explore the site. St. Louis Fed videos. View two of the videos and write a short review including how this would or would not prove useful in your classroom.
  3. Check out some of the resources on the Jump Start Clearing House site. Find something that will help teach some of the key concepts: earning income, buying goods and services, using credit, saving, financial investing, and protecting/insuring.
  4. Check out the resources list on My Florida CFO and examine the variety of calculators available for Florida. How could some of these be used to cover some of your standards? Also, check out the financial tools onHandOnBanking and Motley Fool Calculators. How can you use these to help students with some of the suggested activities in the Financial Literacy Standards?
  5. Go to Better Money Habits (Khan Academy site you may have seen advertised recently). Select two or more videos, which interest you (no pun intended) or that you would consider using in your classroom.  For elementary and middle school, visit Cashville KidzSecret Millionaires ClubBiz Kid$ Find some video clips that you can use to teach the concepts and standards for Financial Literacy. There are also some selections under the economics video options:: Movie Clips for EconMore Movie Clips for Econ,  and EconEdLink Videos.
  6. Go to EconEdLink. View the video and interactive quiz on compound interest. Following viewing the video scroll to the lesson: Q T Pi Fashions – Learning About Credit Card Use and view the variety of student activities and information. Search for other lessons that match the concepts you are teaching. How could you adapt some of the materials to teach the new Credit standards?
  7. The Florida Stock Market Challenge is a new investing competition for Florida students. Click on “investing rules” under the general links to get an idea of how the simulation works. Teachers like this simulation since the amount of class time required is strictly in the hands of the teacher. Students may invest in stocks, mutual funds, and bonds. Whether you decide to participate in the challenge or not you can direct your students (or yourself) to the investing information page. How could you use some of this material to teach the Investing standards?
  8. Check out the NEFE sponsored curriculum for high school as well as a variety of educational materials. You register, but the site is safe and all materials are available to educators at no charge. Check through the materials and note how you can use the resources to teach your new Financial Literacy Standards.
  9. Check through the following sites for more information on Financial Literacy: MoneySmartBuilding Wealth, and Building Your Future. Are there any resources you feel are relevant for your students? How will these meet your standards?
  10. Are you looking for primary sources? In economics, economic data is considered a primary source. Check out these sites and figure out how you can use the material to teach your standards: FREDFRASER: Econ Historical DataPage One Economics, and EconEdLink.
  11. Political cartoons are particularly engaging for high school students. Search through the cartoonist group andUS news to find some economic-based political cartoons that you would use in the classroom.
  12. After viewing these sites, examine the standards on each page of the new Florida Financial Literacysite we are creating to accompany the standards. Make notes of how you can use these materials and share your ideas with us so we can add them to the blog (Deborah We will be sharing ideas on the blog and posting lessons on the site as we gather these ideas from great thinking teachers throughout Florida! This will be a site that includes resources created by teachers, for teachers.

Pizza Party Math

Pizza Party Workshop Resources

Other Pizza Lessons!



  • Pizza at Home: Students survey members of their family/community about pizza preferences and bring their materials to school to create graphs from the data.
  • Favorite Pizza Toppings: Students survey their classmates to discover favorite pizza toppings. They make a pictograph.
  • Pizza Topping Combinations: Using their data and graphs from the Favorite Pizza Toppings lesson, students consider the various combinations of toppings they could place on pizzas.
  • Bedtime Math images and ideas

Promethean: Promethean Pizza Lessons:



MEA (Model Eliciting Activities)

CPalms: What is an MEA?  Journal Article  More About the MEA

First, read or view about a pizza party . . .

Children’s Literature

  • “Hi, Pizza Man” by Virginia Walter
  • Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig
  • Pizza Party (Hello Reader! Series) by Grace Maccarone
  • The Princess and the Pizza (2003).by Mary Jane Auch  (Author, Illustrator), Herm Auch (Illustrator)
  • The Pizza That We Made (2001) by Joan Holub  (Author), Lynne Avril Cravath (Illustrator)
  • The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philomen Sturges (Author), Amy Walrod (Illustrator)
  • Pizza Counting Paperback, by Christina Dobson  (Author), Matthew Holmes (Illustrator)
  • Little Nino’s Pizzeria by Karen Barbour  (Author)
  • Curious George and the Pizza Party

The History of Pizza!

(A Brief History of Pizza)

The History Channel Hungry History: Pizza (includes recipes).

More texts on the history of pizza–site includes a pizza maker app.

Pizza With Pizzaz lesson on the history of pizza.