Saving Money for Special Education Managing Money Financial Literacy & Planning


Total Pages 292 pages plus 64 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 3 Weeks


Saving money and financial planning for the future can be so challenging but this unit breaks the information down into basic terms for students in a special education setting.


This unit on saving money and financial planning is meant to help students in a life skills high school setting understand why people save money and the different ways to do it.


This Saving Money unit focuses on:

  • Reasons people save, including information on:
    • Banks
    • Transactions
    • Recessions
  • Options to save your money, including the advantages and disadvantages of:
    • saving accounts
    • checking accounts
    • CDs
    • money market accounts
    • bonds
    • stocks

This financial planning unit covers 3 weeks of instruction for students with autism and special learning needs. It uses picture symbols, photos, and simple text.


Each week has individual and group activities including:

  • circle maps
  • sorting activities
  • word maps
  • practice scenarios


All activities come in print and digital formats


See the preview for a detailed look at the contents.


Saving Money Unit Includes:


⭐ This unit comes in separate zipped files.


In the zipped folder you will find:

  • 16 days of lesson plans
  • Saving money activities in color
  • Saving money activities in black and white
  • Saving for the future book (PowerPoint)
  • Ways to save book (PowerPoint)
  • Links and directions to digital activities


Saving Money Activities: (in print and digital formats)


  • Vocabulary cards and puzzles
  • Group activities
    • Who am I cards and directions
    • Bingo cards to practice vocabulary
  • Circle maps
  • Word maps (great for review)
    • transactions
    • saving accounts
    • checking accounts
    • CDs
    • money market accounts
    • bonds
    • stocks
  • Sorting activities
    • Advantages to putting your money in a bank
    • Things you need to save for
    • Characteristics of different saving methods
  • Practice scenarios choosing the best investment option
  • Fill-in-the-blank worksheets
  • Assessment (3 versions)



Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated into these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, if we can ask students good questions it will push them to think more deeply than before.