October 26, 2004
The project will consist of the integration of word processing, database, spreadsheet,
presentation programs, and online research. Students will search for their future career;
create a letter to be mailed to family and friends informing them of the career they have
choose. Then a budget will be created using spreadsheet and the online research to find a
car, place to leave, and average utilities for the area they live. Finally, the students will
create and present a 5 to 7 minute presentation on the information they have obtained.
Students will be able to
Key and format letters using standard business format.
Compose and format letters using the English writing process steps.
Edit documents using techniques such as delete, insert, typeover, block, move,
Enhance documents by using different fonts and features.
Create a database by defining fields and designing formats.
Process material using database features such as sort and merge.
Enter data and formulas into a spreadsheet program.
Edit data within the spreadsheet.
Create graphs and charts to visually represent data.
Create a presentation using a theme or background.
Enhance a presentation using graphic features
Identify and prioritize some of your personal and financial goals
Identify the steps you can take and the resources you will need to achieve your
Identify and examine your current spending behaviors and patterns
Understand what it means to budget, and identify the reasons to maintain a budget
Create and maintain a personal budget that supports your personal and financial
Set up a budget that includes rent, moving expenses, and the expenses associated
with setting up a household
Understand the rights and legal responsibilities of a tenant
Understand the rights and legal responsibilities of a landlord
Read and interpret various clauses in a lease
Compare benefits and drawbacks of renting and buying a home
Develop a knowledge of the home-buying process
Understand steps involved in applying for a mortgage
Understand and compare various types of mortgages
Identify actions to take when selling a home
List some of the costs of owning and operating a car
Given a budget, decide how much you can afford to pay for a car
List some of the things you should research and some decisions you should make
before you begin to shop for a car
Understand the differences between various kinds of warranties and service
List some steps you can take to resolve warranty and service contract disputes
List some of the factors to consider when shopping for a car loan
Calculate the total cost of various car loans
Understand what a co-signer is, and describe when one is necessary
List the responsibilities of a co-signer and of the person getting the loan
List some of the factors to consider when shopping for car insurance
List some of the factors used to set car insurance rates
Understand the circumstances under which a vehicle can be repossessed, and list
the legal rights and responsibilities of the creditor and of the debtor
Given a budget, decide how much money can safely be spent each month to own,
operate, and maintain a car
Know the advantages and disadvantages of leasing a motor vehicle
Materials and Methods:
Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Database, and Presentation Software
Computer Based Examples
Practical Money Skills CD
Justification for project:
This project integrates all the components that are used in a computer applications class;
also it brings real world examples into the classroom. Which in return will help students
to make good decisions. Projects may focus on the development of a product and it alls
the student to organize their activities, conduct research, solve problems, and synthesize
information. Students and teachers benefit from the projects and will learn more in the
Criteria for Evaluation:
The project will be broken into categories and deadlines. Each will be given a checklist
of items that needs to be completed. SO there is no guessing on what does or does not
need to be included. Extra items are always welcome.