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Getting paid


Students act out different ways to get paid and then explore the benefits and risks of each option.

Big idea

People can be paid for their work in different ways. 

Essential questions

  • What are the most common options employers may use to pay the people who work for them?
  • What are some benefits and risks of different ways of getting paid?


  • Understand the process for depositing a paper paycheck into a bank account
  • Understand how direct deposits of paychecks can occur 

What students will do

  • Work in groups to review a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) publication to learn about at least one way they can receive the money they earn from a job.
  • Act out one of two ways to get paid: paper check or direct deposit.
  • Answer reflection questions about these two payment methods. 

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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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