#36: Minimum Wage

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My boys and I recently had a conversation about minimum wage and it got me thinking about my first job.  It was the late 1980’s and I was 13 years old.  I worked at Bishop’s Buffet rolling silverware in napkins and I made a whopping $2.15 an hour!

Here are some ways to spend some Math Minutes…
  1. Ask a parent, grandparent, or other adult what their first job was and how much they made per hour.  Post a comment using your first name only, grade, and school (i.e. Trevor, 6, Sunset)
  2. Look at this site and make a table of Nebraska’s minimum wage from 1968 to present.  BONUS:  Turn your data into a graph.
  3. Using the same site in #2, compare the minimum wage for 2-3 states.  Use this online graphing tool or another graphing tool of your choice.
  4. Read about Nebraska’s minimum wage at: https://www.minimum-wage.org/nebraska What kinds of jobs offer minimum wage?  Is $9.00 an hour sufficient?  Leave your comments below.

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