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Work out a budget based on the scenarios below



Opportunity-to-Learn Standards



Scenario #1

You are the first music teacher in a brand new school.  This school has 4 sections of each grade level, with 22 children in each section.  You see each group twice per week.  However, one of those times is with 2 sections combined (44 children) at once.  You have your own music room which includes the following items:

  1. teacher's desk and chair

  2. filing cabinet

  3. storage cabinet

  4. bulletin board

  5. computer and printer on teacher's desk

  6. student chairs

Your personal office supplies (pencils, paper, stapler, file folders, etc.) will be supplied by the school as needed.

Your music curriculum is on order and will include student books, teacher's editions and CDs for grades 1-5.  However, these materials will not be available until sometime after the school year begins.


You have $2500.00 to spend for music, teaching materials, instruments, etc.



Scenario #2

You will be teaching music from a cart (the AV type - 2 shelves plus electrical outlet) that you will roll from classroom to classroom in your assigned elementary school.  This school has 3 sections of each grade level with 25 students in in each section.  You will be teaching each section twice per week.  You share an office and so have some storage space (though limited), but also limited time to run back and forth to change items on your cart.

You have a set of music books (about 8 years old) which include CDs and teacher's editions for grades 1 through 5.  You also have a CD player on your cart.


You have $250.00 to spend




Use the links below and any resources on the links pages or other websites to choose your budget items.  Use real item numbers and vendor sources.  If something is questionable, I WILL check.










Use this budget form as a template.



List your choices in order of most to least important (number from 1 to ? under "Priority")  Refer back to the Budget mini-lesson for ideas.  Sort your table by this column, so that your numbers are consecutive.


To get a total:

  1. Click on the cell where you want the total to appear

  2. Click the "auto-sum" button on the toolbar (looks like an "M" lying on its side)

  3. Select the column containing your cost amounts (place your cursor on the "E" column and click when you see the arrow pointing down)

  4. Press enter.  Your total amount will appear in the cell you selected.  You can do that as often as you like to check your budget progress.



For the purposes of this exercise, do not include shipping charges.


On the bottom of the template sheet, write a paragraph or two to justify your choices.  Failure to do this will subtract 10 points per scenario from your grade.


When you are finished with your budget, submit it as directed.




Consider the following in making your choices:


Some things can be found on the internet instead of purchased (but make a note of that and make sure there are no copyright infringements.)



Consider how many children can use an item and balance that against the cost (as in a card game).



Use every penny.  If you have a few dollars left over, be creative in what you can purchase for resources or rewards.




Created and maintained by Vicky V. Johnson




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