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Making Good Choices

Making Good Choices Financial Literacy Series is an ERGO produced resource funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education.



Project Lead:

  • Sharon Newmaster WRDSB


Series Design:

  • Jeffery Robinson TVDSB

Editors:

  • Moyra Bartlett (Retired)
  • Jean Hambleton WRDSB

Series Writers: 

  • Peggy Dunham, TVDSB
  • Mandi Gerland, Branksome Hall
  • Monica Petrus, WRDSB
  • James Savelli, HDSB
  • Burns Wattie, TDSB (Retired)
  • Ann Woomert, TDSB



Click any of the links below to print your own copy of the book or access the math or guided reading lessons for teachers. 


Where Are You Going book cover


Where Are You Going?

By Sharon Newmaster


Hasina learns about the Co-op program from her friend Shofi.  He tells her about the new skills he is learning at his job placement.


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The Food Bank book cover


The Food Bank

By James Savelli


Fatema learns all about the Food Bank from her friend Gul Pana.  Read along to find out what happens at a Food Bank.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson

eBook


Applying to College book cover


Applying to College

By Sharon Newmaster


Nazim wants to apply to college but he does not have a credit card to pay the application fee.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson

eBook

I like to save money book cover


I Like to Save Money

By Sharon Newmaster


Learn the names of the Canadian coins and bills.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson

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Where is my Bank Card?


Where is my Bank Card?

By Sharon Newmaster


Read about what happens when Samim loses his bank card.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson

The Cell Phone


The Cell Phone

By James Savelli


Nabi asks his friend Faisal to help him cancel his cell phone plan.

The boys learn an important lesson about cell phone contracts.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson


Canadian Money


Canadian Money

By Sharon Newmaster


Learn about the different colours and values of Canadian money.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson

Money


Money

By Sharon Newmaster


Learn about the different colours of Canadian money.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson

Applying for a Job


Applying for a Job

by Peggy Dunham


Nay Moo and Htee Gre are looking for jobs.  Read along as they make some mistakes and learn how to apply for a job.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson

Fundraising: The Bake Sale


Fundraising: The Bake Sale

By Monica Petrus


Malyoun is from Somalia and she wants to help people there. She joins the Water Ambassadors and raises money through a bake sale.  Read to learn how they planned for the fundraiser.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson


Fundraising: Greeting Cards


Fundraising: Greeting Cards

By Monica Petrus


Aya joins some clubs at school and learns about fundraising.  Learn about how she and her friends make greeting cards to raise money to help others.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson

Fundraising:  Henna Design


Fundraising:  Henna Design

by Monica Petrus


A group of girls is trying to raise money for a clean water project in Africa.  The girls have an idea.  Read about how they raise $89.00 for the cause.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson

Htee Moo's Shoes


Htee Moo's Shoes

by Peggy Dunham


Htee Moo receives some money as a gift and he wants to buy some new shoes.  Read along as he learns a lesson about "buyer's remorse".


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson

Opening a Bank Account


Opening a Bank Account

By Monica Petrus


Marian is saving for college.  Learn with Mariam how to open a bank account.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson


Pay the Fine


Pay the Fine

By Mandi Gerland and Ann Woomert


In this story, Adam finds out what happens when he doesn't return his library books on time!  Read along as he learns about library fines and figures out how to pay them.


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3 Part Math Lesson

Math Lesson Resources


The Right Shoes


The Right Shoes

By Mandi Gerland and Ann Woomert


Lara needs a new pair of shoes for the school prom and she must decide which ones to buy.  Read about making choices based on prices and discounts.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson

Math Lesson Resources

Time to Save!


Time to Save!

By Mandi Gerland and Ann Woomert


Lara learns how to use her bank accounts for saving for college.  Read as she learns how to deposit her pay cheques and transfer money to her chequing account.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson

Math Lesson Resources


What Can I Do?


What Can I Do?

By Monica Petrus


Mariam reads about Ryan Hreljac's story and is inspired to help him build water wells in Africa.  Learn how she starts a new club at her school called the Water Ambassadors.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson


We Pay the Tax


We Pay the Tax

By Ann Woomert


On their second day in Canada, Mohamed and Abdilahi buy a snack from a store.  They quickly learn that they must pay tax on some items in Canada.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson

Math Lesson Resources


What Should I Buy?


What Should I Buy?

By Peggy Dunham


Sunita is in charge of buying groceries this week.  Her siser wants her to buy some pop but will Sunita have enough money?  Read as she estimates the cost of her food purchases.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson


Why Volunteer?


Why Volunteer?

by Monica Petrus


Fatuma wonders why people work for free.  Learn with her the benefits of volunteering and how it can lead to a paid job.


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Guided Reading Lesson
3 Part Math Lesson





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Live Well

Live Well is series of bilingual (English/Arabic) simple readers that was developed by the Waterloo Region District School board to support the language and psychosocial/socio-emotional needs of newcomer refugee students.  It promotes positive mental health strategies to help students and their families prevent and/or deal with sypmtoms of trauma.


Project Lead:

  • Sharon Newmaster WRDSB 



Click any of the links to print your own copy of the a book to share with students.



Sleep Well Cover


Sleep Well (Int - Sec)

Sharon Newmaster (Author)

Zeina Badawi (Translation)


English & Arabic


This is a dual language text in English & Arabic. 


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Sleep Well (Primary-Junior)

Sharon Newmaster (Author)

Razan Tammar (Translation)


English & Arabic


Learn some tips on how to sleep better at night.


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Look cover


Look (Int - Sec)

Sharon Newmaster (Author)

Zeina Badawi (Translation)


English & Arabic


Learn how looking carefully helps you focus your attention on the present when you are feeling sad or worried.


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Breathe cover


Breathe (Int-Sec)

By Sharon Newmaster

Rula Fakes (Translation)


English & Arabic


Learn how deep breathing can help you to relax when

you are feeling scared or anxious.


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Breathe


Breath (Primary-Junior)

Sharon Newmaster (Author)

Rula Fakes (Translation)


English & Arabic


Learn how deep breathing can help you to relax when you are feeling scared or anxious


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Listen


Listen (Int - Sec)

Sharon Newmaster (Author)

Rula Fakes (Translation)


English & Arabic


Learn how listening carefully helps you to focus your attention on the present when you are feeling sad or worried.


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Listen


Listen (Primary-Junior)

Sharon Newmaster (Author)

Rula Fakes (Translation)


English & Arabic


Learn how listening carefully helps you to focus your attention on the present when you are feeling sad or worried. 


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Relax


Relax (Int-Sec)

By Sharon Newmaster

Rula Fakes (Translation)


English & Arabic


Learn how to relax your muscles when you are feeling stressed or anxious.


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Relax


Relax (Primary-Junior)

Sharon Newmaster (Author)

Rula Fakes (Translation)


English & Arabic


Learn how to relac your muscles when you are feeling stressed or anxious.


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Healing Hands


Healing Hands (Primary-Junior)

Sharon Newmaster (Author)

Rula Fakes (Translation)


English & Arabic


This activity will help you identify safe places to go when you are scared and the people to talk to when you have a problem.


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Take a Break


Take a Break Box (Int - Sec)

Sharon Newmaster (Author)

Rula Fakes(Translation)


English & Arabic


Learn what activities make you feel calm and happy. 


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The Happy box


Breathe (Int-Sec)

By Sharon Newmaster

Rula Fakes (Translation)

Yeri C. (Illustrator) 

English & Arabic


English & Arabic


Learn what activities make you feel calm and happy.


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