Star City

Star City

Star City is an innovative classroom economy program offered for free by TwinStar Credit Union to teachers in southwestern Washington. This fun and educational curriculum tool will teach your students real life money management skills. They will interact with each other to understand the concepts of earning, spending and saving money.

Help your students apply their skills to real-life situations

Star City introduces students grades K-6 to valuable life skills they will need wherever they go. Income, expenses, rent, utilities, loans - it’s all a part of Star City.

In Star City, the classroom becomes a factory, where student employees take the raw material of their current grades and make a finished product of a student of the next grade.

Students will learn the basic principles of an economy, making, spending, and investing money. They will also learn how to get a job, manage their income, how to write a check, and how to use checks to pay for bills. Savings accounts and loans will also be discussed to promote good financial behavior.

I saw such a difference in the way they took control of their money and their confidence grew!!! What a great idea! The look on their faces, the determination, it was fun and exciting to watch.

-- Shauna Baker, Shining Mountain Elementary School, Spanaway

They will also learn about economics, citizenship in society, and math and finance. This knowledge will help them throughout their lives.

Classroom presentation on financial topics

The Star City program begins with a classroom presentation on the basics of personal finance. These presentations are honed through experience in dozens of local classrooms and continually updated with the best information on saving, spending, and investing.

Download the the Star City materials in either color or black and white below. Print what you need, it's all been formatted to be used right away. We'll also provide free checkbooks and help you find any other materials you need.

The kids are showing responsibility like I haven't seen so far this year! :o) Thanks for all the prepared items you gave me. They have saved me lots of time!

-- Angela Bishop, Lincoln Elementary, Hoquiam

Learn more about Star City Levels

Geared towards students in grades 2-6. This level is the foundation of Star City. Students will learn how to make, save, spend, invest, and donate money. These lessons will help elementary students begin to understand the fundamentals of managing their money. Students can earn money with jobs, as entrepreneurs, and by earning dividends on their savings accounts. Then they can spend their money on housing, utilities, taxes, insurance and discretionary items. Bonuses can be paid for good work, and fines levied for classroom infractions.

The forms linked below will help you run the various aspects of the Green and Blue levels. All documents are in PDF format and are available in color or black and white. You can also download Star City money.

Black and White Forms

Color Forms

Geared towards students in grades 6-8. This level builds on the foundation of the green level by adding features such as; cell phone plans, CDs, health insurance, and more.

These features have been created to challenge students, and to make Star City more practical.

(The Blue level uses the same forms as the Green level.)

Geared towards students in grades 9 and up. Build on the foundation of the green and blue levels with new features: entreprenuership, transportation, retirement accounts, and more. This level can be very challenging, and rewarding. Students will learn that building a budget is crucial in successful money management.