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Making connections between education and income


Students explore the connection between education and earning through two matching games.

Big idea

Getting more education can often lead to earning a higher salary after you graduate. 

Essential questions

  • What education choices are open to students after completing high school?
  • How do different levels of education connect to occupational choices and income? 


  • Identify several education pathways students can take after high school 
  • Understand how education and training choices influence occupations and possible income levels 

What students will do

  • Examine the different levels of education they can complete.
  • Match the levels and years of education to occupational choices and match occupations to median salaries.

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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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