Math Monday: Application on Graphing Wages
In this Math Monday, we’ll introduce you to one part of the Financial Algebra curriculum - Application Problems - and walk through an example activity about graphing wages.
What are Application Problems?
Application problems are a differentiated set of math activities that are grounded in personal finance content. They’re found in any math lesson from the new Financial Algebra Course.
How can I use Application Problems?
One of the biggest advantages of Application Problems is their flexibility. Application Problems are a great option if you want to…
- Teach Financial Algebra!
- Bring more math into your personal finance course.
- Find ready-to-use math activities that are engaging, accessible, and relevant.
- Provide meaningful extension activities for students who are finished their work early.
I’m Sold! Let’s Dive Into an Example!
We’re going to explore Application: Graphing Wages, which is part of Lesson 2.5: Graphing Linear Equations. The activity is designed so students choose one of the following levels:
Level 1: Comparing Salary Offers
Students write linear equations for three different salary packages, graph those equations, and compare who got the best deal.
Level 2: Minimum Wage
Students research the minimum wage and average rent in their state. Then, they model their earnings using an interactive Desmos graph and answer a series of reflection questions.
Level 3: Living Wages for Three Families
Students are given three family descriptions. Then, they write equations modeling their earnings, graph them, and contextualize them based on living wage data for their county.
For Your Learning
If you’re interested in this activity, you might also enjoy these PD opportunities!
- Financial Algebra: Unit 2 Checking and Linear Equations: September 16th at 1 pm PST
- $7.25 - The Minimum Wage: On Demand Module