Money Instructor Home Basic Money Skills Lessons Earning and Spending Money Lessons Saving and Investing Money Lessons Interactive Money Lessons Suggestions and Requests

CALCULATING COMPOUND INTEREST LESSON PLAN TEACHING MONEY CONCEPT LEARNING FINANCE ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES BUSINESS MATH ACTIVITY SAMPLE EXAMPLE HELP STUDENTS PRACTICE TEACHER FINANCE SKILLS ONLINE COURSE

 

 

 

Students learn how to calculate compound interest.

 

 

COMPOUND INTEREST

Concept:  Understand what compound interest is, how it is calculated, and appreciate the impact it makes on loans and investments.

Compound interest is a way of life in our society. Understanding how it works and how it can be used effectively to grow your investments is a critical lesson. Investing early and accumulating compound interest over the long term is an excellent and safe way to make your money work for you.

Objectives:

  • Know and use compound interest terminology
  • Understand when interest is paid
  • Understand when interest is earned
  • Know and use the formula for calculating simple interest
  • Know and use the formula for calculating the total amount of a loan or total value of an investment at the end of a specified term
  • Understand how to algebraically manipulate the interest formulas to solve for different variables

Suggested Grades:

Ninth Grade - Tenth Grade - Eleventh Grade - Twelfth Grade - Adult Education - Business Education

 

 

CALCULATING COMPOUND INTEREST LESSON PLAN

 

Teaching Materials

  • Lesson - Compound Interest  (see below for printable lesson)

  • Overhead

  • Many pre-calculated interest examples

 

Lesson Activity

  1. Discuss what compound interest is.

  2. Explain the term compounding period.

  3. Give everyday examples of compound interest:  annuities, car loans, mortgages, etc.

  4. Present simple compound interest and use a table to show how it works.

  5. Provide the formula and calculate examples.

  6. Relay the importance of investing money over time and how the longer the term the greater the rewards. 

  7. Work through examples together.

  8. Discuss interest that compounds more than once per year.

  9. Provide the revised formula.

  10. Work through a few examples.

  11. Demonstrate the effect of compounding periods over long term investments or loans.

  12. Demonstrate how to algebraically rearrange the formula.

  13. Work through examples that solve for unknowns other than the total interest earned or total amount of the principle plus the interest. 


 

 

Assessment/Evaluation
Have students complete worksheet. A passing grade is 70% or greater. 

 

 

 

 

Lesson Printable Materials - Worksheets

Print out the teaching lesson pages and exercise worksheets for use with this lesson:

 

COMPOUND INTEREST LESSON

Compound Interest Lesson and Worksheet

Lesson and worksheet.

 

 

 

Do you have a recommendation for an enhancement to this business math lesson, or do you have an idea for a new lesson?  Then please leave us a suggestion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to more Banking and Saving Lessons

 

 

 

Back to more Basic Finance and Economics Lessons, Lesson Plans, and Worksheets

 

 

 

 

 

For teaching and learning general money skills, personal finance, and money management, please go to the Money Instructor home page.

 

Teaching Calculating Compound Interest Figure Calculator Business Math and Banking Financial Skills Lesson Plan - High School Student Secondary Education Adults College Teens Teenagers Free Instruct School Young Adults Classroom Review Activities Consumer Economics 101 Finance Education 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th grade


2002-2006 Money Instructor