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Use a checkbook system in conjunction with your classroom behavior system to develop life skills.


  • Students will understand that making effective decisions involves considering the costs and the benefits associated with alternative choices.
  • Students will understand the basic concept of credit.


  • Teach students to use a check register and how to write a check by modeling the activity the first few times.
  • Provide students with an initial deposit.
  • Charge students for rent, electricity, trips to the bathroom or water fountain.
  • Connect with your current behavior system to earn money and/or charge money.
  • Keep a running check register on a spreadsheet for each child to determine accuracy.

Sunshine State Standards

  • SS.D.1.2.1
  • SS.D.1.2.3
  • SS.D.1.2.5

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Use general purpose productivity tools and peripherals to support personal productivity, remediate skill deficits, and facilitate learning throughout the curriculum.
  • Use technology resources (e.g., calculators, data collection probes, videos, educational software) for problem solving, self-directed learning, and extended learning activities.


  • Spreadsheet Program
  • Check register
  • Checks
  • Deposit Slips
  • Bank Statement
  • Planned activity to spend money



  • Provide an opportunity for the children to spend the money they have earned at a class auction, class trip, etc.

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