Welcome to the Teachers Resource section

Here you will find resources including activities, books and relevant websites to help further the trueWEALTH teaching experience.

If you have feedback on the overall program or any of the trueWEALTH materials, we’d love to hear from you!

Email you feedback to our Founder, Steve Hays, at shh@truewealthventures.com.

Core Values and concepts

Wants vs. Needs:

Brainpop Jr. – Wants and Needs

PBS Kids – Needs vs Wants


It’s Up for Debate – Debate activity


Cost of debt calculator – The true cost of a loan


The story of Heidi Flammang, founder of Camp Bow Wow, the leading provider of dog day care and boarding services.



Legendary basketball coach John Wooden on success


Blog post on success and failure



Brief article on the trade-offs between risk and reward



Here's a great quote about conscience from Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?'  Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?'  Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?'
But, conscience asks the question 'Is it right?'  And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe,
nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right.” 


A few short anecdotes about honesty and integrity



Wikipedia entry about Nelson Mandela, whose attitude and perseverance gave him hope through his imprisonment.



Link to site which matches volunteers to charities that serve their areas of interest.


Link to Charity Navigator, a comprehensive resource on U.S. charities


KIDS (Keep Invest Donate Spend)

Neale Godfrey – Ultimate Kid’s Money Book

Some good personal finance resources:




A number of financial calculators (mortgage payments, cost of credit) can be found on the Bankrate site


Additional Resources:


  1. Fortunately by Remy Charlip (Overcoming Obstacles)
  2. Tony’s Bread by Tomie dePaola (finding a niche)
  3. Everbody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley (creative problem solving)
  4. The Painter Who Loved Chicken by Oliver Dunrea (innovation, entrepreneurship  demand)
  5. Mr. Belinsky’s Bagels by Ellen Schwartz (entrepreneurship, supply/ demand,  profit, naming a business)
  6. Daisy-Head Mayzie by Dr. Seuss (marketing, values)
  7. How the Second Grade Got $8,205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty by Natham Zimelman (goal setting, profit, loss, costs, problem solving)
  8. Alexander Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorist (spending, regrets, saving)
  9. The Kids’ Money Book; Earning, Saving, Spending, Investing, Donating by Jamie Kyle McMillian (budgeting, donating, saving, etc)

10.  If You Made a Million by David M. Schwartz (earning money, investing, saving, watching money grow over time)

Vocabulary Activities:

1. Pictionary

Just like the game the kids know how to play, only use the trueWEALTH vocabulary terms!  Divide your students into two teams.  Each team needs to select an illustrator or they can rotate people.  The illustrator needs a wipe off board, market and paper towel.  You show both illustrators the term at the same time and they start drawing.  BUT, the illustrator cannot use WORDS or SYMBOLS.  Each team has to try and guess the trueWEALTH term that they are illustrating.

2. Word Riddles

Have the students construct word riddles to go with a particular trueWEALTH term.  For example:

I am what you dream for

I am what you save for

I am not necessary

I am __________________ (Answer: Want)

3. Word Analogies

This is a higher order thinking skill that will really show what your kids know!  They need to create relationships between the words in the trueWEALTH vocabulary section.

For example:  Want is to Need as Selfishness is to ____________________.  (Answer: Compassion)

4. Word Puzzles

Give each student a strip of construction paper 6″x3″.  They need to divide the strip into 3 sections longwise.  On the first section they write the vocabulary term, 2nd section the definition and the 3rd section examples of it.  Cut the sections apart using jagged lines, curves, etc. to look like puzzle pieces.  Have the students mix up the pieces and pass them out among your whole class.  The students then have, for example:

Activity Guide example

Activity Guide example

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