Using an Excel Checkbook

High school is the time that many scholars get their first jobs. Help young entrepreneurs apply economic principles to crucial skills for their new jobs and for functioning in society in general. They use Excel to balance a checkbook by first watching a demonstration and then practicing independently.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Relate why balancing an Excel checkbook proves relevant to everyday life to make the lesson more meaningful
  • Differentiate for English learners by including graphics and other visual elements to explain in more depth
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires access to Microsoft Excel to open some links or a Google account for Google docs
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Contains a useful extension activity that includes essential skills, such as how to use an ATM and debit card
  • Increases media literacy by implementing technology 
  • May not engage some pupils; material may feel a little dry at times
Common Core