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Choosing how to get paid


Students explore and compare common payment methods and pay periods that employers use. They apply their learning by voting on their preferred methods in a class poll.

Big idea

Employers can pay employees in different ways.

Essential questions

  • What are the different methods for paying employees?
  • How often do employees get paid?


  • Describe various methods and schedules employers use to pay their employees
  • Compare and contrast four common methods and schedules for getting paid 

What students will do

  • Use the “Choosing how to get paid” worksheet to compare and contrast different methods and schedules of getting paid.
  • Write questions or thoughts about each one.
  • Vote in a poll about the payment methods and schedules, and discuss their decisions with the class.

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Teacher guide

Choosing how to get paid (guide)

Student materials

Choosing how to get paid (worksheet)

Note: Please remember to consider your students’ accommodations and special needs to ensure that all students are able to participate in a meaningful way.

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