Life Skills for the 21st Century: Building a Foundation for Success, 2nd Edition © 2024

Life Skills for the 21st Century, published by Pearson, is a comprehensive guide that helps students develop modern life skills.

  • For Grades 7-12
  • Expanded coverage of personal financial literacy skills
  • Updates to academic standards
  • New design with hundreds of new photos
  • Updated standards for diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Prepare for industry-recognized certification

21st Century Life Skills and Leadership Development Program with Digital Support

A comprehensive, real-world guide to 21st century living that prepares students to succeed in critical areas of responsible living.


Solving Real-world Challenges

Students use 21st Century skills to solve problems, make decisions, and develop and present information. Features and activities are designed to spark active learning that students can present individually and cooperatively.


Connections to Key Subjects

Interdisciplinary themes and activities help students practice skills in core subject areas. Activities throughout the book reinforce the core subjects of math, science, language arts, and social studies.


Sharpen 21st Century Skills

Each chapter features case studies, social networking, hot topics, and web extra activities that help students learn to face real-world scenarios with confidence.


Preparing for Certification

The text prepares students for the 21st Century Success Skills and Personal Finance certification exams offered by YouScience™.

Life Skills for the 21st Century CTE Teaching Solutions

  • Chapter Anatomy and Features
  • Instilling 21st Century Skills
  • Writing Skills and Technology
  • Career and Cultural Inclusion

Chapter Anatomy and Features

  • Learning Objectives
    Each chapter begins with a presentation of the learning objectives to be covered.
  • Checklists
    Frequent checklist features provide concise, periodic reviews of key concepts.
  • End-of-Chapter Review
    Each chapter features end-of-chapter review questions that cover main concepts; extend learning; and provide practice, including reinforcement of academic skills.
  • Establish Goals and Priorities
    Other features throughout the text help students assess and establish their personal values, goals, and priorities.

Instilling 21st Century Decision Making and Critical Thinking Skills

  • Real-World Scenarios
    Students explore scenarios to help them prepare for challenging modern choices they will face in their daily lives.
  • 21st Century Skills
    Throughout the text, students are asked to use 21st Century skills such as decision making, critical thinking, and problem solving to identify an ending to thought-provoking scenarios.
  • Case Studies
    Each chapter reviews concepts and vocabulary at the end as well as provides assessments to help gauge student understanding.

A Focus on Writing Skills and Technology Topics

  • Write Now
    Write Now is a language arts activity that encourages students to answer questions, research and present information, and respond to critical thinking prompts.
  • Student Activity Guide
    A print Student Activity Guide is available for additional writing opportunities, as well as puzzles and research projects.
  • Technology Topics
    Technology topics help promote safe and positive use of social media and encourage students to develop technical skills.

Career and Cultural Inclusion Topics

  • Cultural Insights
    The text integrates insights for students into other cultures and encourages all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders
    Students are introduced to the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America student organization, including career options in the Human Services pathway.

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Program Overview

See how this program provides essential tools for students to set and achieve their life and academic goals.


Interactive eText Overview

Tour the engaging features of the Bookshelf by VitalSource® Student eText.

Online Platform for your Life Skills CTE Program

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The Bookshelf by VitalSource eText platform features include search and navigation, bookmarking, note taking, creating personalized study tools and more. Students can access content anytime, anywhere, including 100% offline access. The latest enhancements to the platform include AI generated assessment questions called Bookshelf CoachMe®.

Life Skills for the 21st Century Additional Resources

  • Downloadable Teacher Resources
  • Student Activity Guide
  • Teacher’s Wraparound Edition
  • Test Bank with TestGen®
  • Visual Aid Presentations

Downloadable Teacher Resources

Access the complete collection of Teacher Resources provided for Life Skills for the 21st Century, 2nd Edition.

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Student Activity Guide

Additional activities, writing opportunities, and reinforcement with downloadable answer keys for the teacher.

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Teacher’s Wraparound Edition

The print Teacher's Wraparound Edition includes Teaching Tips, Discussion Questions, and Lesson Plans for a variety of student abilities.

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Test Bank with TestGen®

Teachers can quickly select questions and create tests that align with the textbook. With customization available, creating multiple versions for academic integrity is an easy process.

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Visual Aid Presentations

Available in both PowerPoint® and Articulate Rise, begin each class session with an engaging review of objectives and key vocabulary terms.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Life Skills for the 21st Century, 2nd Edition

  • What topics are included in the Table of Contents?
    • Understanding Yourself
    • Skills for Success
    • Building Your Character
    • Personal Wellness
    • Healthy Relationships


    • The Life Cycle
    • Family Basics
    • Child Care
    • Community Connections



    • Personal Finance
    • Financial Planning
    • Money Management
    • Consumer Management



    • Career Preparation
    • Career Planning
    • Managing a Job Search
    • Career Success
    • Career Satisfaction



    • Living with Technology
    • Food and Nutrition
    • Kitchen and Meal Planning Basics
    • Cooking Basics
    • Clothing Management
    • Clothing Construction
    • Personal Environment Basics
    • Personal Environment Management
    • Personal Health and Hygiene


    Appendix A: Career Clusters
    Appendix B: Joining a Career Technical Student Organization
    Appendix C: MyPlate Food Group Recommendations
    Appendix D: Language Arts: Grammar and Punctuation Basics
    Appendix E: Math Review
    Appendix F: Glossary


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  • What grade levels is this text appropriate for?
    Grades 7-12
  • What types of courses is this text best suited for?
    This program is designed for Life Skills courses.
  • Does this course align to any industry certifications?
    Yes. Life Skills for the 21st Century, 2nd Edition prepares students for the 21st Century Success Skills and Personal Finance certification exams offered by YouScience™.
  • What Student Resources are available?
    Available student resources include the print Student Edition, Student Activity Guide, and Student Edition eText on Bookshelf by VitalSource®.
  • What Teacher Resources are available?
    Available Teacher Resources include the print Wraparound Teacher’s Edition, TestGen® Test Bank, Student Activity Guide Answer Keys, PowerPoint® presentations, and Dynamic Rise Presentations.
  • What are the digital license options?
    Student access to the eText on Bookshelf by VitalSource® can be purchased for 1 or 6 years.

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