Mad About Money Livestream Special

Financial Literacy

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Grades 5-8

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45 Minutes


Show Overview

This 45-minute show presents a virtual lesson in financial literacy for grades 5-8. Through an interactive web platform, a live host will introduce entertaining improv sketches featuring a variety of characters in professionally filmed scenes from our live theatrical productions – and guide classrooms to participate in a discussion on saving and investing:

Scene 1:
Astronauts Ripley and Weaver, floating high above Earth in their spacecraft, need to complete a budget for supplies. Commander Ripley is well aware that prioritizing needs over wants is a necessity. Meanwhile, Mission Specialist Weaver is more interested in his wants, which include a My Little Pony room and a petting zoo!

Scene 2:
Investment banker, Ms. Randall, advises her client Greg on his different options for investing. It’s a very informative meeting – despite the frequent (and odd) messages that banker and client keep receiving from their consciences.

Scene 3
Connie Silver’s talk show interview with a financial expert takes a wild turn when an added improvised challenge has host and expert switching roles. Amidst the mayhem, they still manage to teach valuable information on debit versus credit.

Scene 4:
Squirrels Harvey and Archie are on an emotional roller coaster! Practical Archie tries to convince Harvey to save some food for the winter while Harvey just wants to eat. It takes the introduction of human money and an application of the 50/30/20 budgeting rule to win Harvey over.

Students and teachers will also have access to a Q&A with the host, and an exclusive e-learning package that includes e-books and graphic novels, games, quizzes and lesson plans for the classroom that reinforce concepts from the show.


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Educational Standards


  • How to prioritize your needs and wants
  • The difference between cash and credit
  • All about investing
  • Importance of forming a savings habit


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