Mad About Money

Financial Literacy

Two actors play a wide variety of colorful characters in four different educational sketches. The scenes combine high energy sketch comedy with improvisation to teach students about financial literacy through a fun experience.

At the beginning of each scene an actor will interact with the audience and get some information that will be used during the sketch, such as their favorite band or something they have always dreamed of having. This information will be interjected into the sketch and may even be the point of the scene or the basis of a character.

The Scenes:

  • A dad tries to get his daughter or son to realize the importance of budgeting, but the tables turn when dad forgets the difference between a “need” and a “want.”

  • An unsuspecting car buyer meets a smooth-talking car salesman who’s selling a car with a truly weird set of options (taken from audience suggestions). In the course of buying the car, the buyer learns the basics of how credit works.

  • The nerdy winner of a game show has to decide how best to invest her or his winnings. With the help of the audience, she or he learns that savings grow over time.

  • The actors enact a day in the life of one of the students from the audience, incorporating their favorite musician and best friend while teaching the importance of developing a savings habit.

Along with the in-school assembly, digital materials are provided to expand upon the educational content of the program, including the Money Smart 2.0 online curriculum.

Educational Content

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

Educational Standards

Find the related state and Next Generation Science Standards here.

Educational Standards

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Materials Included

Digital Games and Activities

Fun classroom and family activities that emphasize the Four Cs of 21st Century Education Skills. Co-curricular subjects include Math, Reading, Science, Language Arts, Spelling and Arts.

Online Teacher Toolkit

Includes educational standards, fun facts, expanded program information, student assessments and additional classroom activities and experiments.

Access to

Find educational resources, games and activities, photos and videos to enhance the NTC program delivered to your school.

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