What Causes Poverty?

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This WebQuest is about students understanding that statistics can be used to gain information about a population.

Students will research minimum wage and income levels for poverty and find information to support their findings.

Unit Timeline The WebQuest will take approximately two 60-minute class periods.  The creative product should take an additional two 60-minute class periods.

Reflection on Technology Integration This WebQuest allows students to access multiple statistics on poverty.  Students will practice navigating through state and national websites.  Beyond viewing the information they are asked to research, students will be exposed to additional statistics which will give them insight into they type of research and statistics done by government, universities, and other organizations.   Students will practice navigating through state and national websites.  Access to the internet allows the student the freedom to research and access an aspect of poverty that is of interest.

Instructional Resources
http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/08poverty.shtml
http://www.epi.org/content.cfm/datazone_fambud_budget
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/poverty05/table8.html
http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_784.html
http://www.aier.org/research/cost-of-living-calculator
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2092rank.html

Teacher Resources Keep in mind that students in your classroom may live in poverty.  They may find through their research that their family earnings are less than the poverty threshold or less than the cost of living.  Be prepared for the possibility of student conversations about their own living situation.

Student Resources:

Pencil
Chromebook
Graph Paper

Standards

CCSS: 7.SP.1 - Use random sampling to draw inferences about a population. 1. Understand that statistics can be used to gain information about a population by examining a sample of the population; generalizations about a population from a sample are valid only if the sample is representative of that population. Understand that random sampling tends to produce representative samples and support valid inferences.

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