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Middle School Lesson Plans

DAY 1: ASSEMBLE YOUR CAREER

Lesson 1 – Match Me to the Perfect Career

See what careers match your interests! Take 5 minutes to complete the online Interest Assessment quiz and then explore potential careers.

  • Category: Career Exploration
  • Type: Online Quiz
  • Time: 20 minutes

Lesson 2 – Explore High-Demand STEM Careers

Learn about STEM careers and ways to prepare for these careers while still in school.
*Select the speaker button on the bottom left of the screen to turn on the sound!

  • Category: Career Exploration
  • Type: Online App
  • Time: 20 minutes

Lesson 3 – Research Your Dream Job!

Are you curious about the salary, demand, and education requirements of the careers you are interested in? Explore the answers here!

  • Category: Career Exploration
  • Type: Reading
  • Time: 10 minutes

Lesson 4 – JA Global Workforce

Are you curious about the salary, demand, and education requirements of the careers you are interested in? Explore the answers here!

  • Category: Career Exploration
  • Type: Activity
  • Time: 15 minutes

DAY 2: Budgets, Pricing, and Saving

Lesson 1 – JA Track Income and Spending Budget Sheets for Students

Learn how to create a budget and track your saving and spending.

  • Category: Financial Literacy
  • Type: Printable Worksheet and Excel Sheet
  • Time: 20 minutes

Lesson 2 – JA History of Prices

Why is all the toilet paper disappearing off the shelves? Find out how people’s needs and desires affect the pricing of goods.

  • Category: Financial Literacy & Money Management
  • Type: Reading and Activity
  • Time: 25 minutes

Lesson 3 – JA Interest in Your Favor

Discover how investing in an interest-bearing savings account can help you buy big-ticket items.

  • Category: Financial Literacy
  • Type: Activity Worksheet
  • Time: 15 minutes

Lesson 4 – Making Cents: Money Doubles by the Rule of 72

Learn how the power of compound interest can help you to earn significant money in the future!

  • Category: Financial Literacy
  • Type: Activity and Video
  • Time: Activity (10 mins), Video (45 seconds)

 

DAY 3: ENTREPRENEURS – Be Your Own Boss

Lesson 1 – JA Robo Sellers Video Flyer
*Download instructions here

Be an entrepreneur and start your own robot business as a robot merchant. Try to make a tidy profit as you fly your ship through the universe collecting and selling robot parts.

  • Category: Entrepreneurship
  • Type: Video Game
  • Time: 20 minutes

Lesson 2 – JA The Money Jar Podcasts: #148 Entrepreneurial Advice from the Tech World

If you have dreams of starting your own company, how do you do it and what entrepreneurial traits do you need?

  • Category: Entrepreneurship
  • Type: Audio Podcasts
  • Time: 30 minutes

Lesson 3 – JA Video Library

Select 2-3 young entrepreneur videos that interest you. Watch and listen to their stories and advice and hear why it’s cool to run a business.

  • Category: Entrepreneurship
  • Type: Videos (3-4 minutes each)
  • Time: 15 minutes

 

DAY 4: CAREER QUEST!

Lesson 1 – Take the First Step to Being Your Own Boss: Create Your Business Plan

Take this opportunity to design, plan, and run your own business!

  • Category: Career Exploration/Entrepreneurship
  • Type: Online App
  • Time: 30 minutes

Lesson 2 – Match Your Personality with Potential Careers

Keep your career goals on track. Take a personality test to learn about your personality and then explore career fields that match your personality.

  • Category: Career Exploration
  • Type: Interactive Online Module – Activities and Short Video
  • Time: 20 minutes

Lesson 3 – JA Self-Knowledge Treasure Hunt

Skills, interests, and values help you focus in on what kids of jobs and careers you might like. Do you know yours?

  • Category: Career Exploration
  • Type: Reading and Activity
  • Time: 20 minutes

DAY 5: MAKE SMART FINANCIAL DECISIONS

Lesson 1 – JA $ave: Do You Have a Great Idea?

Do you have a great idea that you think other people would like, too? You can start a business!

  • Category: Financial Literacy/Entrepreneurship
  • Type: Brainstorming Activity
  • Time: 10 minutes

Lesson 2 – Making Cents: Financial Literacy Videos for Teens

Watch these five short 45-second videos: Credit Score, Long-Term Investing, Buying a Car, Writing a Check, and Social Media to learn more about money.

  • Category: Financial Literacy
  • Type: Videos
  • Time: 7 minutes

Lesson 3 – JA $ave: Planning for College

Let’s explore how to analyze tuition costs and factors that should be considered.

  • Category: Financial Literacy
  • Type: Reading and Activity
  • Time: 25 minutes

Lesson 4 – You and Your Money

Money is fun to get and spend. Learn how to start saving and how to boost your earning power.

  • Category: Financial Literacy
  • Type: Online Free Course
  • Time: 15 minutes
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