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The Economics of Checks, Budgets, Stocks, College, and Savings - 5 Activities!
Economics is a subject that can be fun for students to learn when they see how the choices they make regarding money directly apply to their lives. The two products in this bundle do just that!
The Economics of Checks – Packet of Check Writing for Introductory Economics
This check writing packet will give students practice writing checks and recording their payments and deposits in a check register. Students read a story that takes them through a crazy day of writing six checks and making two deposits. They should end up with $5.00 left when they are done. The story, blank checks, check register, and answer key is provided with this purchase.
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: SOUTH 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.
The Economics of College – Is a Degree Worth It?
I use this product every year with my 8th grade students near the end of the year when they are about to embark on their journey to high school. Many of them are on the fence about school or simply don't see the value in their education. Their eyes are opened pretty quick when they see how much money they are giving up by not pursuing an education, or worse, by choosing to drop out of high school.
This activity has students doing math that directly applies to their future. Students will calculate how much money, according the U.S. Census, a person makes at varying levels of education. Those levels are:
-Not Graduating High School
-High School Graduate
-Some College - No Degree
For each level, students will find out the average lifetime income, the hourly rate, and the difference of income based on the different levels of education for American males and females.
This activity has always worked well for me in encouraging students to do their best in school -- their financial future depends on it!
Check out my other Economics Bundles:
The Economics of Balancing a Budget & The Economics of Saving Your Money
The Economics of Balancing a Budget & The Economics of Check Writing
The Economics of Balancing a Budget & The Economics of College
The Economics of Balancing a Budget & The Economics of Investing in the Stocks
The Economics of Check Writing & The Economics of Investing in Stocks
The Economics of Check Writing & The Economics of Saving Your Money
The Economics of College & The Economics of Saving Money
The Economics of College & The Economics of Investing in Stocks
The Economics of Saving Your Money & Investing in Stocks
Here's even MORE Economics products:
Career Research Packet
Economics Bundle Pack - Stocks, Cost/Benefit, & 2 Invention Projects
Famous Inventors and Their Inventions Presentation
Opportunity Cost and Benefit Packet
The Cause and Effect of the Greatest Events or Inventions from 1950-1999 Project
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