*Part of a Bundle**
This is a mini-lesson that I did while teaching the Great Depression. They did a comparison of trying to raise a family then (1930's) and now. I teach freshmen in high school but this can easily be modified.
- cut up slips of jobs
- bag to shake up jobs for random choosing
- organizer for them to write on
- class set of entertainment, miscelleanous, and housing prices
- internet access
- I cut out the jobs and shook them up so they would be random. Feel free to assign them if that's more your style.
- You'll notice there are fewer teachers and doctors than waiters and food service workers. They make "more," but will be responsible for subtracting student loans under the miscellaneous category of their budget.
- Explain to your students that there are no taxes and no loans. They may use coupons or specials if they have documentation.
- I started to collect coupons and ads as they came in the mail (you know the ones you usually recycle!). Major grocery stores also have pdf printable versions of their ads every week so I chose various stores and printed a few class sets. I encouraged them to "shop" at a few stores for the best prices, so this was the most time-consuming part of the lesson.
- The car note can be determined how you like. For new cars- I had my students divide by 72 months (6 years) and then divide by 4 for a weekly. If they found a used car, they had to put down a 10% down payment.
- Some of the categories required an internet search, so I spent a day in the library and sent the rest home for homework.
- Sorry, I can't find the word version of my Shopping Cost List. It's very DC/Maryland based so feel free to create your own type of table from my example.
- The assignment ended in a reflection essay; On a scale of 1 (not at all) to 10 (very), how concerned are you about poverty in America.
- It's a bear of an assignment, but it's one of my favorites. I made it worth a project grade.