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Charting types of pay

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Students interview family members, friends, or other trusted adults about ways they get paid (wages, salaries, tips, or commissions) and then track the pay types on a graph.

Big idea

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

Essential questions

  • What are four types of pay?
  • Which types of pay are most common?

Objectives

  • Understand the difference between wages, salaries, tips, and commissions
  • Learn about the types of pay that adult friends and family members earn

What students will do

  • Discuss the difference between wages, salaries, tips, and commissions.
  • Interview trusted adults about the types of pay they earn.
  • Help create a bar graph on types of pay using sticky notes.

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Teacher guide

Charting types of pay (guide)

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Charting types of pay (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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