Minimum Wage Equations: Middle School

It Cost What!? Cost of Living

It costs what? In this lesson students will apply their understanding of expressions and equations to discuss the impact of minimum wage on the cost of living. Students will use the content from the Newsela article to create expressions to find the differences in minimum wage. To view and edit the full lesson open the PDF or .docx below. 

Curriculum Connections

  • Math: Expressions and Equations

Newsela Article

Learning Objective

  • Students will be able to…identify the cost of living by solving equations.
  • Students will be able to…identify the impact and differences in the cost of living in our cities.
  • Students will be able to…identify the the minimum wage needed to live in a given city or compare the difference needed in wages earned using equations from variables in a text.

Learning Standard

Write expressions that record operations with numbers and with letters standing for numbers.

Use variables to represent numbers and write expressions when solving a real-world or mathematical problem; understand that a variable can represent an unknown number, or, depending on the purpose at hand, any number in a specified set.

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