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Math: What Does it Mean to Be Poor in America?

Use math to learn about changes in US wealth distribution and poverty rate over time in this interactive from KQED. In the accompanying classroom activity, students interpret the graphs and consider how the poverty rate spike following the Great Recession of 2008 differs from poverty rate spikes of previous eras. To get the most from this lesson, students should able to interpret data involving percent increase and decrease, and they should be familiar with slope as rate of change over time.

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