Managing Your Budget
An Interdisciplinary Technology Quest
Elizabeth G. Hill
This lesson is about using
various resources and tools to make
wise purchases and to develop a
budget as an educated consumer.
Elementary second grade students
will explore the topics within the
content areas of mathematics, social
studies, science and language arts.
n SS2E3 The student will explain that people usually use
money to obtain goods and services they want.
n S2CS2 Students will have the computation and
estimation skills necessary for analyzing data and
following scientific explanations.
n M2N1 Students will understand the place value
representation of whole numbers through four digits.
n ELA2R3 The student acquires and uses grade-level
words to communicate effectively.
n Technology Foundation Standards 1, 2, 5, 9
Students, Are You Ready?
You both just graduated college and you
have started your own company working
together as electricians. You need to buy
a new truck, some tools and a cell
You need to do some research to get the
n You will work in groups
n You will research material items
n You will complete a budget
using a program called Excel
n Get in your group
n Research Prices
l Cell phone
Together, Do the Research
n Person One n Person Two
Person One Person Two
should help click should listen to the
through the power information and
point and read write it down on
aloud the budget worksheet.
information that is
Work together by reading and discussing the choices.
Which is the better buy? Why? Will be you spending or
saving more money with the choice you made?
Remember, the goal is to be smart about your choices.
Don’t you need to know how
much money you already have
to buy all of these awesome
Together, you both have a total
of $30,000. That should be
enough money to get you
First, Find a Truck.
Remember to write your
information down so both of you
can compare and make the best
2003 Ford E350
CD player, very good condition
Year: 2003 Make: Ford Model: E350 Engine: V8
Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 20,000
Color: White Price $27,000
2001 FORD F150 SUPERCAB
Lariat pkg w/o leather running boards bed liner
Factory tinted windows sliding rear window, Front
bucket seats w/console, cruise, a/c, windows,
Engine: TRITION 5.4 Transmission: AUTO
Mileage: 91,000 Color: RED Price $20,950
Ask Yourselves These Questions:
n What truck can we Truck One
ride in together
n What color can we
n Where will we Truck Two
store all of our
n Which is the better
deal for our
Then, Look for Some Tools!
Tool Kit One
Contains 44 sockets in SAE and metric sizes, standard and
deep in 1/4in. and 3/8in. drive, 14 drive tools and
attachments, 32 SuperKrome ratcheting and adjustable
wrenches, 51 screwdrivers, ball hex keys, 1000 Volt
screwdrivers and nut drivers, 6 pliers, 11 punches, chisels
and pry bars, 5-pc. auto inspection tool kit, 3 files, 2
hammers, 2 thermometers, 2 tube cutters, fin straightener,
core removal tool, scraper, inspection mirror, deluxe gauge
set, A/C refrigeration wrench, tri-bender, swagging tool,
AC/DC pen type screwdriver, torpedo level, wood ruler,
voltage tester, AC/DC clamp, electricians knife, thickness
gauge and nylon belt, bag and tool pouch. Lifetime limited
warranty. U.S.A. Mfg Warranty: Lifetime
Delivery Time: 10-15 Business Days
Tool Kit Two
SK 18-Pc. Tool Set
Follows IBEW specifications. Contains 5 pliers, 2
screwdrivers, center punch, adjustable wrench, hammer,
torpedo level, wood ruler, AC/DC pen type screwdriver,
voltage tester, electrician's knife, nylon belt, bag and tool
pouch. Lifetime limited warranty.
Mfg Warranty: Lifetime
Delivery Time: 10-15 Business Days
Now You Might Have a
Tool Kit One Tool Kit Two
Ask yourselves these questions:
• Which tool kit would we use more?
• Which kit could we both share while we are working on
the same job?
• Even though one is more expensive than the other, which
kit would best suit our needs?
• Can we afford two tool kits somehow?
Next, Choose a Cell Phone.
Cell Phone One
The i605 is Nextel's high tier cell
phone. This monolith is fully
equipped to handle the toughest
jobs in the field.
The Nextel i605 features:
-A 2.2” daylight-readable color
-Meets Military Standard 810 F for
Dust, Shock, and Vibration
Nextel i605 -Walkie-Talkie Speaker / Privacy
Free belt clip holster
Cell Phone Two
Need to talk? Then just push to talk.
The Kyocera KX444 with its rugged
styling, rubber side grips and keypad,
provides instant communication and
can take some punishment. Whether
you are staying in touch with
coworkers or they are across the job
site or across the country, the KX444
BREW enhanced phone is for you!
KX444 -Push to Talk,
Make Your Choice!
Cell Phone One Cell Phone Two
• Which cell phone will be you be able to use all the
time, each and every day?
• Will you both need a cell phone to communicate
back and forth with one another or your customers?
• Which is the better deal for our money?
Choices, Choices, Choices!
n Look over your information to see if it is
correct. You can click back through the
show to view it again if you missed
n Take some time (more than 5 minutes) and
discuss your options.
n Think about the items that would best suit
your needs as new electricians who want
to do their best job with their customers.
n Make some choices about which items you
would like to purchase.
n Continue to fill out your budget sheet.
Finally, Explain your reasoning.
There are no right or wrong answers to this
activity. I want to see if you and your
partner can do these things:
n Work together as partners
n Use the computer safely
n Collect and write down your data
n Use the data to make good choices
n Arrive at a decision to start your company
n Be able to put your data back into the
budget sheet in the computer lab with the
Look on the next slide to see how you
will be graded
You will each get points for the work
you do. Please try to do your best!
Jobs Person One Person Two
Work together 20 points
Computer use 15 points
Written data 20 points
Staying within $30,000
budget 20 points
Putting data in computer at
lab 15 points
Neat handwriting 5 points
Names 5 points
Total = 100 points
n To get all the of the moving pictures I
went to www.gifsnow.com
n To get all of the information and
pictures about each object I went to
www.google.com and typed in the
information I wanted to find
I had fun making this project for you.
Have fun using the computer and
don’t be scared of it like I was.