The Plus Workbook (ages 16 and up) is now available for teachers who use Banzai Plus in their classrooms. Although more difficult than the Teen Workbook, there are some similar activities that overlap, so there's no need to order both workbooks for the same class. This workbook offers a rigorous, independent learning experience that challenges students and helps them develop new skills. Feel free to view a PDF of the Plus Workbook.
There are four sections that do not require completing the Plus simulation, but they do require internet access and a Banzai account to access the Banzai library, which is found at the top of your teacher account.
These sections make up most of the workbook:
- Income and Expenses
- Going on Vacation
- College Life
- Filling Out the FAFSA
- Paying for College
- Credit Cards
- Get Out of Debt
- Life Skills
- Health Insurance
- Banking Products
There is one follow-up section called Beyond Banzai Plus that does require students to have completed the Plus simulation course.
There are 13 learning activities in the Teen Workbook. Part of it is designed to be used with the Banzai library, which contains many articles and financial calculators students will need to complete the activities. The latter part is designed to be completed after students play through Banzai Plus, the simulation course. Students will also need a pencil. The main learning activities are comprehension, problem solving, application, essay, and vocab.
- Difficulty: Low to Medium
- Time: About 7 minutes each
Students are assigned a short reading from the Banzai library and answer a miniquiz to show what they learned. These articles give students a cursory understanding of personal finance topics. In the example below, students read the article "Income and Expenses."
- Difficulty: High
- Time: About 15 minutes each
These activities are the bread and butter of the workbook. In each scenario, students act sort of like a financial adviser to help a "friend" who's facing a financial dilemma. How can Maisie save up for her big vacation responsibly? What does Leslie need to do to pay down her credit card? These activities require students to make calculations, use the Banzai financial calculators, and make recommendations to the friend in the scenario. In this example, Sofia is about to go to college but is getting frustrated by the application process for financial aid. The student uses his or her own calculations and Banzai's student loan calculator to help Sofia figure out how much she'll save on student debt if she fills out her FAFSA.
Application and Research
- Difficulty: Low
- Time: About 5 to 10 minutes each
In these activities, students are given a prompt to interview an adult they trust about personal finance. (This activity is a favorite from the old Teen Activity Kit.) Students are also given the task of researching banking products of the financial institution that sponsors Banzai for their classroom.
Essay and Vocab
- Difficulty: Medium
- Time: About 5 to 10 minutes each
In the section "Beyond Banzai Plus," students reflect on the decisions they made in the simulation course and think critically about what they did well, and what held them back from winning the game. They also complete a crossword puzzle using the new vocab they learned in Teen, and they try their hand at various vocab logic activities (i.e., deduction, grouping).
Note: To access the answer key, log in to your Banzai teacher account and click the Toolkit button at the top.
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