Webquest for Financial Literacy Resources

Webquest for Financial Literacy Resources

Goal of the webquest is to examine and evaluate resources and activities to use in your classroom.

  1. St. Louis Fed Resources for K-12. Examine the resources and information available for the three grade levels. Explore the site.
  2. Elementary Resources:  Go to your Grade Level. Select one standard. Search through the resources for the standard to find something you would like to do in your classroom.
  3. 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.
  4. Check out the resources list on My Florida CFO and examine the variety of calculators available for Florida
  5. Go to Better Money Habits. Click on view all videos. Select two or more videos that interest you(no pun intended)  or which you would consider using in your classroom.
  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.
  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.
  8. Online insurance curriculum lessons
  9. 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. The second link is to selected resources used by David Scott, a member of the Stavros Team, for use in High School Economics.
  10. MoneySmart: The FDIC sponsors this comprehensive informational site.
  11. Building Wealth may be used as a pamphlet or an on-line interactive. It is a project of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank
  12. Building Your Future has student lessons as well as teachers guide for four major areas

USF College of Education announces State Farm gift to Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education

TAMPA, Fla. (February 17, 2014) – The University of South Florida College of Education is pleased to announce that State Farm has given $15,000 to the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education in support of the Center’s K-12 Teacher Financial Education Workshops with a particular emphasis on the  Center’s financial literacy education program.

“State Farm has been a strong supporter of national and state economic education programs, including the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education, for several years.   In 2014, although State Farm’s financial support will include the broad area of “economics education,” the particular emphasis will be in the area of financial literacy education,” said Dick Puglisi, director of the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education. “

During the 2012-2013 academic year, approximately 1600 K-12 educators participated in a myriad of professional development programs offered by the Gus A. Stavros Center. Many of those programs received funding from State Farm to cover a range of expenses, including instructional costs, food and beverage for the educators, curricula materials and other outlays related to workshops.  The professional development programs funded by State Farm were held under the title, “Enhancing Global Literacies –Teaching Financial & Economic Literacy.”

One of these educators, Denise Phillips of Jewett Academy Middle School, praised the program:

“In the workshop I attended, I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and practical applications for use in the classroom” said Phillips. “I want to instill a life-long love of learning in my students. The tools I gain at the Stavros Center help me do that.”

“The College of Education is pleased to have State Farm recognize the importance of Financial Literacy Education and to support the Stavros Center in providing this education.  This partnership (will provide invaluable information for educators throughout the state of Florida,” stated Dr. Vasti Torres, Dean, USF College of Education.

“We are proud of the Stavros Center’s continued great work that makes this type of support possible. Under Dr. Puglisi’s leadership the Stavros Center has forged many partnerships in the Tampa Bay area with the goal to help train as many educators as possible and we feel fortunate to be part of their team,” said Chris Cummins, Zone Sales Associate Manager for Financial Services for State Farm Insurance. “…teachers attend by the hundreds, which I believe speaks directly to the impact of the Center and the relevance of their work.  Ultimately this training impacts the kids, which is why we feel their work is so critical.  We know that a solid foundational understanding of economics and free-enterprise can have life-long and generational-changing impact so their work with teachers is a high calling and we are humbled to be a part of their great work.”


About State Farm®:
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 43 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com.


About USF and the USF College of Education:

The USF College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and is fully approved by the Florida Department of Education. The USF College of Education is the 9th largest public college of education in the nation. For more information about the USF College of Education, visit: www.coedu.usf.edu  or iTunes.usf.edu 

The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in both federal research expenditures and total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving more than 47,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

Sunny Money Workshop Materials

Here are the links from the Sunny Money: Diverse Texts and Argument-Based Tasks for Economic-Based Questions About Florida History workshop on Feb 13, 2014 at the Stavros Center.



  1. Find Texts: FCITSelling Sunshine: Florida Citrus IndustryOral History ProjectFlorida Department of State
  2. Reading Texts: Florida’s Economy BoomsThe Great Depression and the New DealWorld War II
  3. Middle School Lesson Polk County (info text)
  4. About Oranges (text by Harriet Beecher Stowe)
  5. Citrus Industry (Primary source text)
  6. Fruit (Suniland Magazine, 1925)
  7. Orange Song (written in early 1900’s)
  8. Charming Florida (song)
  9. 3D Orange Images
  10. Packing Oranges Postcard
  11. Clip Art Botanical
  12. Clip Pix Orange
  13. Citrus Exchange
  14. Fruit Growing Regions in the U.S.A.


    1. Railroads Text from FCIT
    2. Newspaper in Education Map and Text (page 11)

Value of Manufactures in 1860

Presidential Election, 1860

Slavery and the Slave Trade

Slave and Free Areas after the Missouri Compromise, 1820

Routes of the Underground Railroad, 1830–1865

Manufacturing Areas, 1900

Fruit-Growing Regions in the United States, 1910

Florida: Essays and Poems

American Founders

Florida Then & Now

Florida Photos: Business Gallery

Florida Photos: Industry Gallery

Charming Florida song

Tourist attractions photo gallery

Cucumbers are 1.49

Market Place in India

Ruskin Florida Vine Ripe Tomatoes

Marketplace in Belize

Marketplace in India

Maas Building and Citrus Exchange

Ancient History ClipArt Gallery

Presentation Paper People