I have done a search on here and been to Beth's website already, but I want to run my ideas and concerns by you guys and see if you can help me troubleshoot. I teach 4th, 5th and 6th grade gifted kids. I have eight 4th graders, thirteen 5th graders and 19 sixth graders. They all see me on different days. I want to implement a classroom economy this year to teach them the skill of balancing a checkbook while also holding them accountable. I'm not going to deal with cashing checks and giving them money because it will get too confusing with so many kids on different days. I will write them checks for their class job,s attendance, participation, etc at the end of each week. A banker will be in charge of making sure that their checkbooks are balanced and then stamp the check to indicate that it has been cashed. Bankers will earn a bonus salary that week. If the kids owe me money, they write me a check. My hesitation occurs when I think about prizes.... If I ran a store once a month for everyone, that means that I need 40 good prizes every month at various price points. Could I do it in a way where "When your checkbook account balance is $10 you can go shopping"... and just have them have to work to a certain point and then go into the grab bag? I see them once a week. How often should they be getting rewarded? I want to devise a system that is equitable, but also one that will not mean that I am spending $40 at Dollar Tree every month on prizes for them. It also has to be something that will be equally as appealing to 4th graders as 6th graders. Lastly, how do you set up a job chart for 3 different classes? I was thinking about numbering the kids and setting up clothes pins with the #s on them to be attached to the job title for the week. So "homework helper" is #3 and #15 from all grades. Only problem is that it will take a longer time for the bigger class to cycle through jobs. How much $ would you make each job earn? Would you use big amounts or keep them under a dollar so that they don't feel like they're really "paying" $10 for a yo-yo?? Or it doesn't matter? I really want to have this all squared away before I leave for vacation on Saturday and know you guys can help! Thanks in advance!