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Americans Average Monthly Expenses

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  • Price per Classroom$2.00
  • Grade Levels 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Topics Budgeting
  • Duration 15 Minutes
  • Auto Scored? Yes
  • Teacher Evaluation Needed? No

Activity Description

Students will read a graph showing the average monthly expenses of Americans and answer the review questions. Students will try to fit the expenses due to a car accident (an unforeseen incident) by adjusting the discretionary expenses.

The learning objective is to understand the monthly budget of Americans, analyze graphs, calculate percentages, and finally understand the difference between discretionary and non-discretionary expenses.

Learning Objective

The learning objective of this activity is to enable students to:

  1. Analyze and interpret financial data represented in pie charts, including average expenses across various categories for all Americans.
  2. Understand the distribution of expenses and income among different age groups, fostering awareness of financial trends and priorities at different life stages.
  3. Develop critical thinking skills by evaluating the implications of spending habits, identifying areas for potential budget adjustments, and making informed financial decisions.
  4. Apply knowledge of budgeting principles to real-world scenarios, enhancing students' ability to create effective budgets, set financial goals, and manage resources efficiently.


Teacher Tips

Included with the activity, you can view the tips to clarify student's doubts or to evaluate answers (for a teacher scored worksheet).
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  • Price per Classroom$2.00
  • Grade Levels 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Topics Budgeting
  • Duration 15 Minutes
  • Auto Scored? Yes
  • Teacher Evaluation Needed? No

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