Lesson Plan Template 

Lesson Plan Title: 
Balancing a Checkbook 
Developed by: 
Lisa Koehler 
Subject Area:  Math 
Topic:  Adding and Subtracting Decimals 
Grade Level:  8th Grade 
Time Frame:  8:00 to 9:00am 
Lesson Summary:  Students will practice adding and subtracting decimals by learning how to use a check book. They will also be put into a group and go through some scenarios. The students can connect this and apply this to real life. 
Prerequisites:  The students will have to know how to add and subtract numbers. 
Standards:  SD State Math Standards (Grade 8)
Standard/goal #4: The students will use concrete representations of real numbers in daily situations. Indicator 1:The students will analyze the structural characteristics of the real number system and its various subsystems. Benchmark b: Use physical representations to demonstrate various number concepts. Indicator 2: Apply number operations with real numbers and other number systems. Benchmark a: Apply computation strategies in the real number system. 
Lesson Objectives:

The students will be able to:
Understand the need of adding and subtraction skills. (Intrapersonal Intelligence) Use problem solving skills (Logical Mathematical Intelligence) Use reasoning and communication skills. (Interpersonal Intelligence) Understand numbers and number relationships At the end of the lesson the students will be able to: Balance a checkbook without getting an overdraft. Manage a monthly salary Identify the amount of money they will have to make monthly payments. Write a paragraph about their ability to choose expenses that fit their families. (verbal Linguistic) 
Assessment:  Balancing check book activity 
Technology to be Used:  Computers to fill in the excel worksheet for the scenarios. 
Other Materials:  Paper handouts, computers, example sheets 
Procedural Activities:  The students need to read pages 30 through 34 before we start this activity. 
Attachments:  Rubric for Scenarios 