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Mr. Melgar from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Life is Like the Game of Monopoly

My students need books and games on financial literacy to navigate through concrete and literary examples of what it means to be financially literate.

  • $826 goal

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My Students

My students have grit! Character. Spirit. Perseverance. Passion.

Everyone has a story.

My students may only be 9, 10 and 9, but they already have a lifetime worth of stories to tell. It is my job to provide them with the tools to help them refine their storytelling. Part of that learning involves gaining financial literacy.

I am one of the lucky people who enjoy going to work every day, so I am happy to be part of the 99%. My students are free spirits and are sponges waiting to soak everything up. They attend school in a densely populated part of the city.

My Project

I have requested some books like the "Wrinkle in Time" graphic novel to read and connect about what it means to be financially literate as well as the most infamous money game, Monopoly. Not only will we be learning about what it means to understand finance, but we will also learn the value of money. We will learn about saving, earning, profit, loss, income, and taxes. The students will create their own businesses and decide how they will manage and operate an effective company to make a profit. We will use the books as a pre-teach and then the games to strategize how one might earn, save, spend in order to win in a game of Monopoly and talk about how that might translate in decisions and choices we might make in real life.

Many times the students come to school with a dollar and spend that on a tiny size bag of Takis' (chips).

In the meantime, they can't afford basic essential things that they need because it "costs too much." Many of the students do not understand saving and how that dollar put away can provide for something more important later. This unit will teach them the value of money and how to stretch a dollar.

Mr. Melgar
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $16.78 28 $469.84
Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday • AKJ Education $13.86 5 $69.30
Monopoly-The Classic Edition • AKJ Education $18.24 2 $36.48
Hot Dots® Math Flash Cards Money • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
The History of Money From Bartering to Banking • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Learning About Earning • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Brody Borrows Money • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07

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