Great Minds Think: A New Guide to Money
Great Minds Think: A New Guide to Money introduces students to basic concepts in personal finance and helps them understand how to think critically about money decisions. This free resource is available in English and Spanish as a self-directed activity book and interactive online game.
Great Minds Think-Interactive Online Game
We have exciting news to share with you: Our popular publication, Great Minds Think: A New Guide to Money, is now available as an interactive online game in English and Spanish. Students are now able to access the Great Minds Think game on their web browser, or download it as an app to their laptop, phone, or tablet.
The Great Minds Think game follows Monte, the money tree squirrel, and his friend Alex, as they introduce students to the concepts of earning, spending, budgeting, and saving through fun and engaging activities.
To download the game as an app to your phone or tablet follow the instructions below:
- Open a browser on your phone or tablet and navigate to clevelandfed.org/greatmindsthink
- Click on “options” – this will vary by browser. Chrome uses three dots in the upper-right corner. Safari uses a box with an arrow pointing up.
- Click “Add to Home Screen” from the options screen
- Great Minds Think icon will appear on the home screen
Great Minds Think-Activity Workbook
The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland offers a free activity book that makes learning about personal finance topics fun. Produced by the Bank’s Learning Center and Money Museum, Great Minds Think: A New Guide to Money, is filled with engaging exercises to help elementary and middle-school-aged students make thoughtful decisions about money.
With the assistance of Matt, Nisa, and Lin, students will learn about earning, saving, budging, and more. Each page includes a basic lesson on money management followed by an exercise that reinforces the lesson learned. Students can complete the activities on their own, or with another person.
Great Minds Think: A New Guide to Money is aligned to Ohio and national education standards and has been field tested by students and educators. It has been used as a springboard by parents, teachers, and concerned adults to help more than 800,000 youth understand the value of money.