How to Read a Pay Stub

How to Read a Pay Stub is a special education life skills activity that teaches financial literacy to middle and high school students. This step-by-step finance activity uses clear and simple language to teach students how to read a pay stub by defining and calculating each field on standard pay statements, including earnings, deductions, taxes, gross pay, and net pay. This money management activity will engage your students with age-appropriate graphics, relatable dialog, and real-world scenarios.

Number of Pages: 16   File Format: PDF (color and black-and-white) Grade Levels: 7th – 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool


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  • This life skills activity teaches how a basic pay stub calculates earnings, gross pay, net pay, and deductions.
  • Clear and concise explanations of each section of a pay stub, including earnings, gross pay, medical deductions, taxes, and retirement.
  • Scenarios to prepare students for the workforce by teaching them how to calculate their paychecks.
  • You can be confident that your students will be well-equipped to understand their pay stubs and manage their finances confidently.
  • This activity can be adapted to fit various learning styles and abilities.
  • 30 Multiple-choice reading comprehension questions (answer key included).
  • This activity can be used as part of a comprehensive financial literacy curriculum or as a standalone aid.
  • This life skills activity contains step-by-step instructions, reading comprehension questions to reinforce learning and collect data, an answer key, age-appropriate graphics, real-world examples, and ideas for implementation.
Why Use

This resource is designed to help teens and adults develop independent living skills in various settings, such as home, school, work, or the community.

Intended User

This life skills resource can be used by parents, caregivers, special education teachers, therapists, clinicians, and coaches to promote independence in teens and adults.

Where to Use

This life skills resource is ideal for middle and high schools, at-home learning, life skills programs, one-on-one therapy, adult transition programs, social skills groups, adult day centers, and autism life skill centers.


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Adulting Life Skills Resources Personal Finance Special Education activity for high school students covering How to Read a Basic Pay Stub.How to Read a Pay Stub
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