Going to the Bank
- Different Banks: Show students a bank debit card. Point out the name of the bank on the card. Explain that it is important to keep the card safe and not lose it. Find out how many students already have bank accounts. If students have their bank debit cards with them, have them show you the card and read the name of the bank on the card. Show that there may be a phone number on the card that can be used to check the account by phone. Explain that there are many different banks. If you aren't happy with one bank, you can move your money to another bank. Most banks have a free basic checking plan where you won't be charged fees as long as you have money in your account to cover your purchases.
- Bank Role Play: Discuss options for depositing or cashing a check, including going to a bank in person, using an ATM machine, or using a phone camera to deposit a check. Gather some props to role play in-person bank interactions: play money, an ID card, a sample check, and a pen to sign the check. Have students practice simple role plays, first to cash a check, then to deposit a check. Teach simple phrases such as:
- "I need to cash this check." or "I need to deposit this check."
- "Can I see your ID?"
- "Please sign the back."