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Cost of living (QC)

Subject Area: Mathematics, Social Studies, French

Brief Overview

This lesson plan covers the cost of living through history, social and consumer awareness and through mathematical calculations.

Role Play

With questions:
– What is minimum wage?
– How much is minimum wage?
– On average, how many hours do people work each week?

Learning Area(s)

Math: adding, multiplying, subtracting, dividing, mathematical reasoning, use the correct calculations depending on context
French: reading comprehension, oral expression, writing
Social Studies: value of money within our community, social awareness, general knowledge

Expected Result(s)

Help students understand the value of money and the cost of living
Respecting money vs. respecting things
Be aware of reality (wage vs. real needs vs. secondary needs)

Explaining the Learning Material

Answers to introductory and follow-up questions.
– Minimum wage: $10.15/hour (as of May 2013)
– Mathematical methods to calculate (wage, hour, day, week, month, year)


– Welcome students
– Ask questions orally to students
– Fill in questionnaire (each student calculates on their own according to their personal schedule)

Knowledge Consolidation

Simulation Exercise
(case study of a young man working 4 days a week, who has to pay rent to his parents)

Follow-up Questions:

What have you learned? How much is minimum wage? Can you now calculate your own salary (# of hours vs. $/hour)?
Help the students question their own consumption habits

Class Management

Work with the Class ____ x ____ Individual Work ____ x ____
Team Work____ x ____ Other:____________________

Required Supplies

Pencil, writing board, questionnaire, paper, calculator, eraser