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        The Lowdown | Living Wages in CA: Ratio and Rate in the Real World

        In this KQED infographic, find out how much an adult in different-sized households needs to make to pay for basic monthly living expenses. In the accompanying classroom activity, students solve real-life problems involving rate and ratio that involve calculating whether minimum wage in their state is a living wage. They learn whether minimum-wage pay can cover expenses such as food, housing, transportation, and medical care. They then compare their findings with data shown on bar graphs representing living wage and minimum wage in California. To get the most out of this activity, students should be comfortable with arithmetic with dollars and cents into the ten thousands. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.


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