Monday, April 15, 2013

Community Helpers... I'm a banker!

Hi friends!
So we started our community unit today, I remembered at the end of the day that this is my favorite unit! I love that we teach the jobs in a way that the students can be 5 again and enjoy role playing! I LOVE it. Today we taught about bankers. We talked about what a banker does, what tools a banker needs and why a bank and banker are important to our community. Then on to the fun stuff! We made our classroom into a bank! The kids LOVED it! I think they loved it more because I was so excited about it, too. hehehe. I asked some students to be a banker and the others were all given $4 of pretend money. They then had to "deposit" their money into the bank. We had a talk about how much money they deposited and how much money they could take out, let's not get into debt already kids! lol.
It was sooooo cute! Went a little like this...
Banker: "Hi, how can I help you?"
Customer: "I want to deposit my $4"
Banker: "Ok."
Customer: "Thank you!"
Teacher smiling from ear to ear because of how cute these kids are! 

If only it were that easy in real life, huh?

The funniest thing happened, too...
Banker: "Hi, how can I help you?"
Customer #1: "I want to-"
Customer #2 (standing directly behind #1, waiting for about 30 seconds): "What is taking so loooooong????"

That's more like it...

When we were done with depositing our money, I asked, "How are we going to get our money back?"
"GO BACK TO THE BANK," they yelled. Impatient customer #2 says, "Awww, again?" Exactly, my friend. He's not a fan of standing in line. lol.
We made wallets next, paper wallets. "When we go back to the bank, we will have a place to keep our money now!" (Enter screams of excitement.) I love kindergarten.

After folding our wallets and making them our own, we got back in line and withdrew our money. My students were so excited for everything we did! This is my favorite lesson guys! I planned on giving these away as a freebie... the wallets and pretend money BUT I am a ridiculously big slacker and didn't save the files in my dropbox so now I can't access them from home and now I have to wait until tomorrow to give them away to you. Sorry. Come back tomorrow for the freebies and for how we will teach police officer! 
Have a great week everyone!


  1. I love the wallets! I am stealing that idea for my kiddos tomorrow and next year! Thanks for sharing.
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    1. Yey! Thanks Hilary! I am sending you the file for the wallets and pretend money...

    2. Umm... if you send me your email. hehehe.

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