Financial Literacy in the new BC Curriculum

Piggy Bank and canadian dollars close up shotI have always used financial math as a real-life context to engage my students in learning concepts such as place value, proportional reasoning and exponential growth, so I am thrilled that the new BC math curriculum includes a component of financial literacy throughout the program.

Below, I have listed some of the financial literacy learning outcomes for middle- and high-school grades, and I have linked to posts on my blog with relevant activities and resources. This is a work-in-progress, so be sure to come back to this site ever so often to see what’s been added.

Grade 5:

  • making monetary calculations, including making change and decimal notation to 00 in real-life contexts and problem-based situations
  • applying a variety of strategies, such as counting up, counting back, and decomposing, to calculate totals and make change
  • making simple financial plans to meet a financial goal
  • developing a budget that takes into account income and expenses

Grade 6:

  • informed decision making on saving and purchasing
  • How many weeks of allowance will it take to buy a bicycle?

Grade 7:

Grade 8:

  • coupons, proportions, unit price, products and services
  • proportional reasoning strategies (e.g., unit rate, equivalent fractions given prices and quantities)

Grade 9:

  • banking, simple interest, savings, planned purchases
  • creating a budget/plan to host a First Peoples event

Grade 10:

  • gross and net pay

Grade 11:


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