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Exploring types of pay


Students play a game to learn about wages, salaries, tips, and commissions.

Big idea

Workers are paid in different ways such as wages, salaries, tips, or commissions.

Essential questions

  • What are some types of pay that workers earn?
  • What type of pay would I prefer to earn as an adult?


  • Learn about the types of income workers are paid
  • Understand how wages, salaries, tips, and commissions are different

What students will do

  • Learn about the types of income people earn.
  • Listen to pay descriptions and work together to decide if the income is in the form of wages, a salary, tips, or a commission.

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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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