How does it work?
Starting April 5th, middle school teachers can earn a $100 DonorsChoose gift code by completing a Next Gen Personal Finance Lesson with their students. Gift codes are available while funds last. Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) is a non-profit with the mission of increasing access to personal finance education. They partner with educators to provide free up-to-date curriculum, engaging professional development, and advocacy resources to increase personal finance education.
How to qualify for the rewards
- Teach 5th - 8th grade students.
- Choose one of the NGPF middle school lessons listed below to teach to your students.
- Teach your chosen lesson with at least 5 students.
- After you’ve taught your chosen lesson, fill out the Classroom Rewards form. You’ll be asked to reflect on how helpful the lesson was in teaching financial literacy.
Please note, you will only be able to submit this form once. Our team is unable to make any changes or edits to your responses. Once you have submitted, you will not be able to retake the survey, and our team won't be able to re-open it for you.
Once we review and approve your Classroom Rewards form, we will send you your $100 DonorsChoose gift code. Expect to receive your gift code within 2 weeks of submitting the Classroom Rewards form.
NGPF Middle School Lessons
Choose one of the following lessons, and complete it with at least five students. Excited about teaching more financial literacy? You can check out other resources on NGPF.org
- Your Future Life: This lesson, found in NGPF’s Unit 1: Money in Our Lives of our Middle School Course, has repeatedly come up amongst teachers for the core project students do. Students reflect on how they want various aspects of their future lives to look like and choose to create a vision board, slide deck, or a video as a final product. It's a great product for them to revisit as they progress through the rest of the course and connect whatever they're learning to the lives they've envisioned for themselves.
- Needs vs Wants: This lesson focuses on one of the core foundations of budgeting - needs vs. wants - and has students play the popular Bean Game! Students are given "income" in beans (we've also heard teachers use jelly beans, buttons, etc.) and have to choose how to spend them across various categories in their budget!
- Building Your Saving Habits: This lesson, found in NGPF’s Unit 5: Saving of our Middle School Course, is a favorite because it has one of our most popular Arcade games embedded - Money magic! Money Magic is a game about an eager magician named Enzo who needs help managing his spending in order to reach his savings goal of making it to a Las Vegas show.
Have additional questions?
If you have any other questions about the Classroom Rewards process, contact the DonorsChoose.org team through our contact form.
If you have a question about Next Gen Personal Finance, check out more resources on their website, or reach out to Christine Yoo at email@example.com