Building on the first two lessons in the series, this lesson deals with savings and interest.
This lesson introduces the role and importance of the 3 C’s -- capacity, character, and collateral – to being granted credit. An online story about a girl who fails to return soccer shin guards borrowed from a friend is used to spark discussion on responsible borrowing. In a second activity, students are introduced to the 3 C’s used by lenders to determine creditworthiness. Given everyday scenarios where they might be asked to make a loan, students must make a decision whether to grant credit based on what they know about the creditworthiness of the potential lender. The culminating activity asks students to identify ways they can establish and maintain their personal credit worthiness – principles that will be important throughout their lives.
The picture book One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, written by Kate Smith Milway, takes place in Africa. Here in a Ghanan village, young Kojo cannot afford to go to school after the death of his father. His resourceful mother takes out a small loan and with a few leftover coins he buys a chicken. Soon he is selling eggs and with the profit slowly acquires a large flock. Kojo is able to complete his education and establishes a business that becomes the foundation of his entire community. Upon adulthood, Kojo loans money to aspiring entrepreneurs and the cycle of economic growth continues. Based on a real-life story, this upbeat microfinance story helps students grasp economic and personal finance concepts and admire creative problem solving.
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This publication contains 15 lessons that complement the 3-5 Student Workbook. Specific to grades 3-5 are a variety of activities, including a guessing game using clues to identify various occupations; the story Urban Mouse and Rural Mouse which teaches students about entrepreneurs and opportunity recognition; and a role-playing activity in which students learn which method of payment is appropriate in a variety of situations.
10 out of 17 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.
This publication contains complete instructions for teaching the lessons in Choices and Changes, Grades 5-6. The Choices and Changes series is designed to help students understand how the U.S. economy works and their roles in the economy as consumers, savers and workers.
7 out of 15 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.
This interdisciplinary curriculum guide helps teachers introduce their students to economics using popular children's stories.
6 out of 29 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.