Writing Checks for Holidays I
I have a shopping activity with my students using catalogs. We give the students a spending limit and a packet of “checks.” I photocopy one of mine with the account number and name blanked out and the name of the school typed in. Then I teach them how to write a check. They really feel like big shots! They have to keep subtracting from the ongoing balance as they spend.
Not only is it good math practice, but it gives you a lot of insight into the individual students. One bought only food-type things, another bought gifts for his family and nothing for himself.