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  • Read each of the following situations and explain your thinking to each one.
    a)  Robert earned $30 for raking his neighbor’s yard. He wants to save his money in his savings account. Would Robert make a deposit or a withdrawal?

    b)  Patricia wants to give her sister $20 for her birthday. When Patricia goes to the bank to get the money, would she need to make a deposit or a withdrawal?

    c)  Tina had a balance of $400 in her savings account. She made a withdrawal of $50. How much does she have in her savings account now? Draw a diagram and explain your thinking.

    d)  Allen had a balance of $250 in his savings account. He visited the bank and when he left his balance was $300. Did Allen make a deposit or a withdrawal? Tell how you know.

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  • 2.11 Personal financial literacy. The student applies mathematical process standards to manage one's financial resources effectively for lifetime financial security. The student is expected to:
    (C) distinguish between a deposit and a withdrawal


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