Synergy Cents With Penny D. Pelican | Penny Explains Parts of a Check

Hello, friends! I’m enjoying my summer break, but I am really missing my friends at school. I love teaching children all about banking and the importance of saving money.



Do you know there are different ways we pay for things? We use cash, debit cards, credit cards and checks. 

A check is a document that tells a bank to pay a person or business money from another person’s checking account. The person who owns the account fills in information on the check including who should be paid, the amount, and the date. The owner must sign the check in order for it to be accepted. A check can only be written for an amount up to the balance in your checking account.

Maybe your parent wrote a check to your school to pay for your lunch or school pictures. The next time you get a check, see if you can identify all the parts.



Parts of a Check

Below is a sample check that Penny wrote to her friend, Tony Turtle, for a bike. All of the parts of the check are marked for you.

Write Your Own Check

Practice writing your own check below. Use the sample check on the previous page if you need help.