The classroom economy program runs all year and will be the backbone of your classroom each year and students absolutely LOVE it!
This set includes just about everything you'll need to run a real life classroom economy and teach decimal addition and subtraction in a fun way. Students have savings and checking accounts, pay bills, earn paychecks and really understand the choices of spending and saving.
There are 147 pages of PDF, Word, and SMART Notebook files in this compressed/zipped file. Be sure to download the 9-page product preview to see everything included!
Students will use decimal addition and subtraction to earn a real check book. Students will earn classroom cash and pay fines and fees through demonstrating responsibility and independence and make decisions about spending and saving. Students apply and become classroom bankers, and manage your classroom bank and do all of the work of running the program including paying for weekly homework. At the end of the year you'll hold an auction where students spend their classroom cash earned.
You receive all of the lessons, activities, hints and tips, classroom cash, and worksheets I’ve created over the years on how write checks and fill out a check ledger. Students will earn a checking and savings account, pay classroom rent and bills and make spending and saving decisions at classroom auctions. They will also earn a check guarantee card (or gold card) and receive coupons for things like neat desk (you decide the incentives).
I created this banking classroom economy and have refined it over the years to motivate my students and connect real life to their learning and what you find in this set is all of that plus more that I've created for selling it on TpT. :) Your students will LOVE this project!
Note about editable PDFS: With editable PDFs, the formatting stays in place, but you can type right into the PDF form fields and print beautiful, real looking checks for your students. If you teach an online class or are going paperless, you can save this file for each of your students and they can practice writing checks without all the paper.
Classroom Economy Materials Included:
•A month by month plan for teaching and using a classroom economy with your students and teaching the banking unit. Learn the nuts and bolts, tips and tricks of the program. Includes Q & A for questions you might have. 12 pgs - PDF
•Classroom banker test and tips for managing the bankers 6 pgs- PDF
•Classroom Bankers Wanted Sign - to post in your classroom 1 pg - PDF plus 1 pf editable in Word
•Check writing lessons – 5 worksheets on filling out checks and completing check ledgers with answer keys 10 pgs - PDF
•Check writing & check ledger tests with answer keys – 4 versions of the test to allow for retesting to attain mastery if necessary 8 pgs - PDF
•Check guarantee cards – 2 designs of check guarantee cards with “gold cards” for students who earn 100% on the check writing test 1 pg - PDF
•Savings account items – savings book masters: book cover, blank transaction recording pages, deposit slips, withdrawal slips, and cash envelope sticker masters. 6 pgs - PDF
•5 designs of themed classroom cash masters – owls, bees, frogs, sports, and cap and gown graduates. Bills included are $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1000. 24 pgs - PDF
•Engaging concept attainment lesson on how to write checks. This fun group lesson includes 16 checks and students must decide if the check is written correctly or not. Great group problem solving activity. 8 pgs - PDF
•Venn Diagram worksheet comparing checking and savings accounts 1 pg - PDF
•Classroom rent billing slips – pre filled out for the whole year (12 months of rent slips) 6 pgs - PDF plus 6 pages editable in Word for you to customize
•Handouts – Numbers written in words – 2 versions – one in manuscript and one in cursive for students to use when spelling out the amounts on their checks 2 pgs - PDF
•Check template master – has 3 blank checks per page x 12 pages (enough for 36 students) ready for you (or your students) to click and type into. My bankers use this template to write checks to other students to pay for weekly homework. 12 pgs – Word doc
* NEW! Editable PDF check book check masters in both color and black and white. 32 numbered checks plus 4 unnumbered checks in each set. - 18 pages PDF
•"Hooray Your desk is Clean" coupons – earn $20 note You decide the incentives and print your own coupons. 1 pg - Word editable.
•Homework check-off chart 1 pg – Word doc
•Classroom Fines Chart for Bankers 1 pg - PDF
•Sample Fines Chart 1 pg - PDF
*Sample Fines Chart 1 pg - Word so you can customize it
•SMART Board lesson to teach savings book forms – 5 pgs SMART Notebook file
*How to add graphics and change Word files - 3 page handout of hints and tips
*How to use editable PDF - hint sheet for teachers
147 pages in all