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Learning About College Degrees and Lifetime Earnings

Learning About College Degrees and Lifetime Earnings

Activity Description


Students will analyze and compare census data on the earnings of people with different college majors. Then they will write their own word problems and draw conclusions about the data.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

40 minutes

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to compare and contrast dollar amounts in the millions.
  • Students will be able to create and solve word problems using addition and subtraction.
  • Students will be able to analyze and draw conclusions about census data.

Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 6 pages
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Teacher computer with Internet access and a projector to display web sites

A computer with Internet access for each student and pretend money for the class are optional.

This activity uses the following online tool:

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will analyze census data on the earnings of people with different college majors and create their own
addition and subtraction problems using the data.


Elementary School Math


  • Addition and subtraction algorithms
  • Education levels
  • Line graphs

Skills Taught

  • Reading data in a chart
  • Creating equations and word problems
  • Solving equations
Page Last Revised - December 16, 2021
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