Here you will find the educational cards to a really great high school budget project! This is very effective and can cause students to really think and begin to take their education seriously. The entire project takes about two weeks with block scheduling. This is the second in a series of 8 posts about this project.
If you go to my Teachers Pay Teachers Page, you can access all the budget project files in one place. Click here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Awesome-Budget-Project-Thorough-and-Effective-1585970.
For Day 2, you’ll have students pick their education level. Then they will complete their Net Pay Worksheet.
Teacher Directions for Educational Level Cards
To prepare these cards, just print them out and then laminate and cut them.
I designed the drawing cards so that there were 2 students who would get “No HS Diploma,” 4 students would get “HS Diploma,” and the rest are split between “Associates Degree” and “College Degree.” Feel free to stack it how you wish. The powerpoint file comes with the Budget Project on the Teachers Pay Teachers page. Click here to get the powerpoint version that you can adjust.
When teaching this, you might want to make sure that you point out after they draw their cards that just because you get a college degree doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to make $20 per hour. Nor does it mean you’ll automatically get a job. And on the flip side, just because you don’t have a high school diploma doesn’t mean that you can’t make more than minimum wage. There are certain industries where education is not necessary, such as construction. If you like to work outside and build things, then you may not need a college degree to make $15 per hour. Additionally, if you are good at sales, you can make $100k per year without a college degree. You can also make more than you would with a college degree with certain associates degrees in high demand fields. Big picture is, though, that it’s much easier to have a comfortable lifestyle if you increase your human capital through training, education, or vocational school.
Click here to access the education level cards:
Click here to access the rest of the files for the full budget project: