LESSON PLAN AND WORKSHEET INSTRUCTIONS
This is a lesson in paying bills and check
writing. Prior to this lesson, students should have a basic
understanding of check writing and using a checkbook or check
register. See our other lessons for
check writing for basic check writing lessons.
For this lesson, the student will need:
Paying Bills Worksheet
Checks for Check
Pen (always use a pen for writing a check),
calculator (optional), envelopes (optional), scissors (optional)
Choose either a basic worksheet or create your
own custom paying bills worksheet. On each worksheet, there
will be several bills for the student to pay. First enter the
beginning balance, which is given, as the beginning balance of the
checkbook register. Next, (optional) the student must finish the calculations on the bill
including sub-total, taxes, and total. Next, students should
write a check to each company listed on the bills. Finally, they
should update their checkbook with the transaction.
TIP: For an easier version of this
worksheet, choose a custom worksheet, and uncheck the box for
"student must do calculation." To make it even easier, don't
do the checkbook part of the exercise.
An answer sheet may be created with the bill
calculations and the ending checkbook balance. Answers will be
printed on a separate page.
Other Lesson Options:
Students may cut out the checks, and staple them
to the bills sheet. Or, keep the sample checks uncut, and
simply write the checks on the sheet.
For a more realistic scenario, include envelopes
with the exercise. Have the students cut out the checks and the
bills. When complete, place the bill and the check in an
Have students bring in copies of bills from home.
Make copies of the bills (first, mark out any personal information)
and use these bills for practice using our sample checks and check
OTHER TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
Besides paying bills by mail, how else may you
pay your bills? (in person, or electronically though your checking
Bills will have a due date. Why is it
important to pay by the due date? (extra service charges, risk of
What are some common monthly bills? (electric
bill, gas bill, telephone bill, cable bill, water bill, medical