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Lesson 3: Check It Out

Time Required: 30 minutes

Materials: Check It Out Student Reproducible 3 (PDF); pen/pencil

Overview: Students will learn the life cycle of a check and understand how bankers invest money into the community.


  1. Ask students: What is the difference between paying for something in cash and using a check? As a class, discuss what students already know about checks and what happens when they write a check in a store.
  2. Distribute Check It Out Student Reproducible 3 to students. Read through the reproducible with your class. Then have each student answer the questions at the bottom of the page on a separate sheet of paper.
  3. Later, review the answers and answer any remaining questions.

Curriculum Connections
Social Studies: Production, Distribution, and Consumption
Economics: Decision Making
English: Writing; Communication
Financial Literacy: Money Management; Savings and Investing; Spending

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