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Comparing public transportation options


Students research the features and costs of transportation methods for getting to work and use a decision matrix to compare options and determine the best choice for their needs, wants, and budget.

Big idea

Financial research and comparison shopping help you weigh options and make informed financial choices.

Essential questions

  • How do research and comparison shopping help you make more informed spending decisions?
  • What features might you compare to make spending choices that are best for you?


  • Research and compare features of different methods of transportation
  • Analyze data collected to make an informed spending decision

What students will do

  • Conduct research to identify features and costs of two methods of transportation.
  • Analyze and compare data gathered on different features to consider pros and cons.
  • Decide on a transportation method that fits their needs, wants, and budget.

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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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