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How much do different professionals earn in a year? Students use rates and ratio reasoning to compare how much a teacher, the President, and LeBron James every year, day, and hour they're on duty.

Students will also compare the value each profession generates and discuss why compensation is more directly connection to value generated in some professions than in others.

Students will

  • Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real world problems

Before you begin

Students will find rates throughout this lesson. If they aren't familiar with the concept of a unit rate, they can reason their way through answers; simply adjust the timings to allow for lots of discussion of the mathematical reasoning.

Common Core Standards

Content Standards
Mathematical Practices


All the teachers getting paid a fraction of the value they create.