Christmas Shopping - Check Writing Activity - Math or Economics!

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This Christmas Shopping - Check Writing Activity is going to help you in your economics unit by not only introducing the concept of check writing, but also why it is important to keep track of how much money you have! This will also keep your students focused and having fun as their break is approaching!


A Day in the Life of Your Checkbook
Another Day in the Life of Your Checkbook

Your students will read a silly story that takes them through a crazy day of Christmas shopping where they will be writing six checks and making two deposits. They should end up with $5.00 left in their check register when they are done. The story, blank checks (with Christmas tree background), check register, and answer key are provided with this purchase.

Table of Contents
Page 1: Cover Page
Page 2: Christmas Shopping in the Life of Your Checkbook Story
Page 3: Checks 107, 108, and 109
Page 4: Checks 110, 111, and 112
Page 5: Check Register
Page 6: Answer Key for Check Register

When I do this activity I usually print out two sets of blank checks for students. One for them to practice writing sample checks such as, "Write a check on May 10, 2014 to your school for $12.00 for a school T-shirt. How would you do that? What would it look like?" I let students try, then show them how I would write one on the overhead projector. I show them how to write the number in the amount as close as possible to the left edge so no one could add a number in there; thus changing a $47.00 check to $847.00. I also show them why to add a line after who you write the check out to so it doesn't end up as, "To: HAMPTON MIDDLE SCHOOL or Your Social Studies Teacher." If the line is there it makes it harder for someone to alter the check.

When I teach this activity I tell students my one goal is that they protect themselves from ever getting ripped off. I also show them my own check card and how on the back I don't have my name signed. Instead I have "See I.D." I let them know that not even 5% of cashiers ever ask to see my identification. So I always ask the cashier, "How do you know this is my check card?" Many of my students will have jobs in high school as cashiers so it helps them be aware of identity theft early on.

Kids like this activity a lot, and they are usually very excited to find out if they got it right at the end.

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Christmas Shopping - Check Writing Activity - Math or Economics!
Christmas Shopping - Check Writing Activity - Math or Economics!
Christmas Shopping - Check Writing Activity - Math or Economics!
Christmas Shopping - Check Writing Activity - Math or Economics!