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This resource folder contains sample documents from a consumer math unit for middle and high school. In this unit, students are randomly assigned jobs. Salaries are based upon U.S. median incomes for the various careers. Students learn about payroll deductions, how to read a paystub, how to create a budget, and how to use checking/savings accounts and credit/debit cards. Throughout the four-week unit, students must pay for an apartment, a car, groceries, utilities, and various "incidentals" out of their salary. All of their shopping is completed with real apartment and car magazines and grocery ads. Late assignments, past-due bills, lost checkbooks, and other behaviors also warrant monetary penalties. This engaging real-life unit teaches essential consumer math skills and important life lessons.
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