MAFS.6.RP.1.3

Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems, e.g., by reasoning about tables of equivalent ratios, tape diagrams, double number line diagrams, or equations.

  1. Make tables of equivalent ratios relating quantities with whole-number measurements, find missing values in the tables, and plot the pairs of values on the coordinate plane. Use tables to compare ratios.
  2. Solve unit rate problems including those involving unit pricing and constant speed. For example, if it took 7 hours to mow 4 lawns, then at that rate, how many lawns could be mowed in 35 hours? At what rate were lawns being mowed? 
  3. Find a percent of a quantity as a rate per 100 (e.g., 30% of a quantity means 30/100 times the quantity); solve problems involving finding the whole, given a part and the percent. 
  4. Use ratio reasoning to convert measurement units; manipulate and transform units appropriately when multiplying or dividing quantities.
  5. Understand the concept of Pi as the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
(1See Table 2 Common Multiplication and Division Situations)

Clarifications

Examples of Opportunities for In-Depth Focus

When students work toward meeting this standard, they use a range of reasoning and representations to analyze proportional relationships.
General Information
Subject Area: Mathematics
Grade: 6
Domain-Subdomain: Ratios & Proportional Relationships
Cluster: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts
Cluster: Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems. (Major Cluster) -

Clusters should not be sorted from Major to Supporting and then taught in that order. To do so would strip the coherence of the mathematical ideas and miss the opportunity to enhance the major work of the grade with the supporting clusters.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/14
Date of Last Rating: 02/14
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes
Test Item Specifications

  • Assessment Limits :
    Rates can be expressed as fractions, with “:” or with words. Items may involve mixed units within each system (e.g. convert hours/min to seconds). Percent found as a rate per 100. Quadrant I only for MAFS.6.RP.1.3a.
  • Calculator :

    No

  • Context :

    Allowable

Sample Test Items (3)
  • Test Item #: Sample Item 1
  • Question: Tom knows that in his school 10 out of every 85 students are left-handed. There are 391 students in Tom’s school. 

    How many students in Tom’s school are left-handed?

  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Type: EE: Equation Editor

  • Test Item #: Sample Item 2
  • Question: The standard length of film on a film reel is 300 meters. On the first day of shooting a movie, a director uses 30% of the film on one reel. 

    How long is the strip of film that was used?

  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Type: EE: Equation Editor

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
1205010: M/J Grade 6 Mathematics (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
1205020: M/J Grade 6 Accelerated Mathematics (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2020, 2020 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
1204000: M/J Foundational Skills in Mathematics 6-8 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond)
7812015: Access M/J Grade 6 Mathematics (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond)
7912110: Fundamental Explorations in Mathematics 1 (Specifically in versions: 2013 - 2015, 2015 - 2017 (course terminated))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
MAFS.6.RP.1.AP.3a: Use ratios and reasoning to solve real-world mathematical problems (e.g., by reasoning about tables of equivalent ratios, tape diagrams, double number line diagrams, or equations).
MAFS.6.RP.1.AP.3b: Solve unit rate problems involving unit pricing using whole numbers.
MAFS.6.RP.1.AP.3c: Solve one-step real-world measurement problems involving whole number unit rates when given the unit rate ("Three inches of snow falls per hour, how much falls in six hours?").
MAFS.6.RP.1.AP.3d: Calculate a percentage of a quantity as rate per 100 using models (e.g., percent bars or 10 x 10 grids).

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Assessments

Sample 4 - Sixth Grade Math State Interim Assessment:

This is a State Interim Assessment for sixth grade.

Type: Assessment

Sample 3 - Sixth Grade Math State Interim Assessment:

This is a State Interim Assessment for sixth grade.

Type: Assessment

Sample 2 - Sixth Grade Math State Interim Assessment:

This is a State Interim Assessment for sixth grade.

Type: Assessment

Sample 1 - Sixth Grade Math State Interim Assessment:

This is a State Interim Assessment for sixth grade.

Type: Assessment

Educational Games

Ice Ice Maybe: An Operations Estimation Game:


This fun and interactive game helps practice estimation skills, using various operations of choice, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, using decimals, fractions, and percents.

Various levels of difficulty make this game appropriate for multiple age and ability levels.

Addition/Subtraction: The addition and subtraction of whole numbers, the addition and subtraction of decimals.

Multiplication/Division: The multiplication and addition of fractions and decimals.

Percentages: Identify the percentage of a whole number.

Fractions: Multiply and divde a whole number by a fraction, as well as apply properties of operations.

Type: Educational Game

Flower Power: An Ordering of Rational Numbers Game:


This is a fun and interactive game that helps students practice ordering rational numbers, including decimals, fractions, and percents. You are planting and harvesting flowers for cash. Allow the bee to pollinate, and you can multiply your crops and cash rewards!

Type: Educational Game

Fractions Decimals Percents Jeopardy Game:

In this interactive Jeopardy game, students convert fractions to decimals and percents and convert percents to fractions and decimals. Up to four teams or individuals can play the game, and members of each team or individuals can pick which category and amount they would like to answer in order to score the most points.

Type: Educational Game

Formative Assessments

The Meaning of Pi:

Students are asked to explain the relationship between the circumference and diameter of a circle in terms of pi.

Type: Formative Assessment

Finding the Whole:

Students are asked to find the whole given a part and a percent.

Type: Formative Assessment

Measurement Conversion:

Students are asked to make unit conversions.

Type: Formative Assessment

Comparing Rates:

Students are asked to solve rate problems given the time it takes each of two animals to run different distances.

Type: Formative Assessment

Homework Time:

Students are asked to convert a given rate to an equivalent rate out of 100.

Type: Formative Assessment

Making Coffee:

Students are asked to write ratios equivalent to a given ratio.

Type: Formative Assessment

Sara’s Hike:

Students are asked to solve a problem involving ratios.

Type: Formative Assessment

Party Punch - Compare Ratios:

Students are asked to compare ratios given in two different tables.

Type: Formative Assessment

Bargain Breakfast:

Students are given the prices of three different quantities of cereal and are asked to determine which is the best buy.

Type: Formative Assessment

Lesson Plans

Coding Geometry Challenge # 12 & 13:

This set of geometry challenges focuses on creating circles and calculating area/circumference as students problem solve and think as they learn to code using block coding software.  Student will need to use their knowledge of the attributes of polygons and mathematical principals of geometry to accomplish the given challenges. The challenges start out fairly simple and move to more complex situations in which students can explore at their own pace or work as a team. Computer Science standards are seamlessly intertwined with the math standards while providing “Step it up!” and “Jump it up!” opportunities to increase rigor

Type: Lesson Plan

Storm-Chasers: Weather & Climate:

In this MEA, students will use their knowledge of weather and climate to select a location for a camera crew to visit in order to get high quality video footage of severe weather such as thunderstorms, blizzards, tornadoes, or hurricanes. The decision will be made using data about important weather factors such as air pressure, humidity, temperature, wind direction, and wind speed.

Type: Lesson Plan

Water, Water Everywhere!:

This lesson addresses current events regarding flooding in St. Petersburg, Florida. Students will create a water removal device from materials provided then use a 3D scanner to 3D print their devices.

Type: Lesson Plan

Can You Stand the Wind and Rain?:

In this lesson, students will:

  • Investigate how natural disasters have affected human life in Florida.
  • Add, subtract, and multiply multi-digit decimals using the standard algorithm.
  • Find a percent of a quantity as a rate per 100 and then solve problems involving finding the whole given a part and the percent.

Type: Lesson Plan

Rate Your Local Produce Market:

The students will rank the local produce markets by using qualitative and quantitative data. The students will have to calculate unit rates and compare and order them.

Type: Lesson Plan

Champion Volleyball Team:

Students will help create a championship volleyball team by selecting 4 volleyball players to be added to open positions on the team. The students will use quantitative (ratios and decimals) and qualitative data to make their decisions.

Type: Lesson Plan

Cosmic Nose Cones:

Students will design specific nose cones for a water bottle rocket. They will test them to find out and rate which one is most effective in terms of accuracy, speed, distance, and cost effectiveness. This information will be used as criteria for a company that designs nose cones for orbitary missions.

Type: Lesson Plan

Ares Habitation Corporation and the Search for Lunarcrete:

Students will create a working model that can determine the best regolith to binder solution for a settlement on Mars. The students are contacted by a company that requests their services. Students will read about, study and create their own lunarcrete (moon concrete). Students will work as a team to evaluate the provided data and determine which solution is most effective. Finally students will write a letter to the company defending their process giving reasons and data.

Type: Lesson Plan

Don't Chase a Car! There is a better way...:

In this lesson, students will learn to solve a real world problem by using rates and ratios to calculate their running speed in MPH.

  • This is an activity that generates student interest because they get to go outside to generate and collect their own data to use in their calculations.
  • It's also a good collaborative project because students work in pairs or teams to collect their partners' times and rely on each other for accurate data.

Type: Lesson Plan

All “Tired” Up:

In this lesson students will utilize mathematical computation skills involving percentages and critical thinking skills to select the best tire deals advertised.

Type: Lesson Plan

Education and the Economy:

Students will learn about how investing in education affects the economy by interpreting data and writing a persuasive letter to the Chamber of Commerce.

Type: Lesson Plan

Real Estate Rental Agency MEA:

Students will choose the best location for a family relocating and will consider all of the factors to make the best decision.

Type: Lesson Plan

How Smooth Smoothie:

Students will analyze data to decide what blender to use, what size cups for adults, total ingredients needed, and create a variable that supports how many amounts and the total ounces of smoothies made.

Type: Lesson Plan

Best Day Care Center for William:

This MEA requires students to formulate a comparison-based solution to a problem involving choosing the BEST daycare based upon safety, playground equipment, meals, teacher to student ratio, cost, holiday availability and toilet training availability. Students are provided the context of the problem, a request letter from a client asking them to provide a recommendation, and data relevant to the situation. Students utilize the data to create a defensible model solution to present to the client. Students will receive practice on calculating a discount, finding the sum of the discounts, working with ratios and ranking day cares based on the data given.

Type: Lesson Plan

Recognizing Proportional Relationships to Develop Sense of Scale:

This 90-minute lesson (15-minute pre-lesson, 60-minute lesson and 15-minute follow up lesson or homework) asks students to analyze proportional relationships to solve real world and mathematical problems. The examples use recipes, paint, and buildings. Students begin by working individually, then in pairs or threes, and then as a whole class. Student will need calculators, large sheets of paper to make a poster and the lesson materials.

Type: Lesson Plan

Using Ratios and Reasoning to Calculate Cost of School Travel:

In this 80 minute lesson, students use a real world scenario of the cost of traveling to school to make sense of ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning. This lesson has several correct approaches and uses proportional relationships. The lesson starts as independent work, involves an 80 minute lesson, and a 20 minute follow-up lesson that can also be assigned as homework.

Type: Lesson Plan

Using Security Camera Angles to Find Area and Calculate Percentages:

In this lesson, students work individually and then collectively using a real world situation to construct sight lines to see which areas are visible from a security camera. Students then find and compare the area of triangles and quadrilaterals and compare and calculate the percentages and/or fractions of areas.

Type: Lesson Plan

Money: How to know where it is all going?:

This lesson will help students learn the importance of budgeting and the role percentages play in creating one, as well as how they apply to our daily living.

Type: Lesson Plan

Lilys Cola TV Commercial:

Given a tight budget, students need to find the number of people that can be hired to film a soda commercial. Students will make the selection using a table that contains information about two types of extras. The union extra earns more money per hour than the non-union extra; however, the non-union extra needs more time to shoot the commercial than the union extra. In addition, students will select the design that would be used for the commercial taking into account the area that needs to be covered and the aesthetic factor.

Type: Lesson Plan

Savvy Shopper:

This a culminating activity for unit rates that has students apply knowledge to purchasing groceries. Specifically how knowledge of unit rates can help save money over time.

Type: Lesson Plan

Neighborhood Hunt:

This MEA requires students to formulate a comparison-based solution to a problem involving choosing the best neighborhood for Ms. Jasmine to purchase a house. Students are provided the context of the problem, a request letter from a client asking them to provide a recommendation, and data relevant to the situation. Students utilize the data to create a defensible model solution to present to the client.

Type: Lesson Plan

Equivalent Fractions and Percents:

This lesson is designed to give students their very first experience with the concept and representation of percents. The activities seeks to lay a conceptual foundation for later problem solving with percents (MAFS.6.RP.1.3c) by building on students' prior knowledge of fractions with denominators of 10 or 100 and finding equivalent ratios. Throughout the lesson they use art to show the visual connection between fractions and percents. Students develop the knowledge that a percent is a part/whole ratio where the whole is measured in hundredths. The lesson gives students the opportunity to visually represent fractions and percents on a 10 x 10 grid, along with an enrichment activity if the teacher wants in expand to include decimal conversions and finding.

Type: Lesson Plan

It's Carnival Time!:

This lesson uses a carnival theme that challenges students to calculate unit rates and make measurement conversions to determine the best values for food. The students will use mathematical practices as they analyze and compute math problems and explain their own process for arriving at their solutions.

Type: Lesson Plan

But Mom, I Really Want an iPad!!!!!! Part 2:

This is the 2nd Lesson where students are asked to solve a problem concerning the purchase of an iPad. Please see But Mom, I Really Want an iPad !! Part 1 (Resource 47500) for Lesson 1. Students are encouraged to use strategies to find equivalent ratios in their solutions.

Type: Lesson Plan

Paper Route Logic:

The main problem students will need to solve is helping Lily Rae Wridenhoud find a route that will afford her the quickest time, least distance and highest customer satisfaction rating. Students will be given a map of all the streets leading around the neighborhood and customer rating (smiley faces). Students will need to use a ruler to figure out distances as well as decide elevation numbers on the topographic map. Then they will write out the route they have chosen to give Lily, and write a short explanation as to why this is the quickest and least distance traveled. Students will then be asked to look over their findings and be informed that some of the old clients have canceled the paper delivery and a few new paper clients have signed on. Does their new route still fit their findings?

Type: Lesson Plan

Teen Cell Phone Plans:

The purpose of this lesson is to solve real-world and mathematical problems using ratio and rate reasoning. Students will also use equivalent forms of decimals, percent applications to solve problems. They will write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. Students will engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.

Type: Lesson Plan

Better Buy: 75 fl oz or 150 fl oz?:

The students will clip out items from ads or by using a PowerPoint to determine the better buy between small quantities and large quantities. The students will answer the question, "Which item costs less per unit?" and demonstrate fluency in dividing with decimals.

Type: Lesson Plan

But Mom, I Really Want an iPad!!!!! Part 1:

In this lesson, students are asked to find how long it will take for a girl to raise the money needed to buy an iPad. Students explore various solution strategies, including making tables of equivalent ratios and writing an equation to find equivalent ratios. A situational story is used to capture the students' interest and to help students create a visual for the relationship between quantities in a ratio.

Type: Lesson Plan

Best School for Kevin:

In this MEA, the students will compare data to decide which school would be the best for a couple's son who is transferring into the county.

Type: Lesson Plan

Orange Juice Conversion:

In this MEA, the students will be able to convert measurements within systems and between systems. They will be able to use problem solving skills to create a process for ranking orange juices for a Bed and Breakfast.

Type: Lesson Plan

Is It Fair?:

In this lesson students will use their understanding of ratios and unit rate to solve problems where they must decide whether various situations are fair.

Type: Lesson Plan

Happy Lawns: Lawn Care Service MEA:

This Model Eliciting Activity (MEA) is written at a 6th grade level.
This MEA asks the students to decide on a lawn mower that will provide the Happy Lawns: Lawn Care Service with the best value for their money. Students are asked to rank order the lawn mowers in term of gas tank capacity, customer rating, speed, amount of time the mower takes to cut an acre of grass, shipping, and cost of the lawn mower. Students must provide a "Best Value" lawn mower to the company owner and explain how they arrived at their solution.

Type: Lesson Plan

Summer Road Trip:

Students will go on a "road trip" with a partner. Using the map scale they find out how far they traveled, how much gas they used, and how much the gas costs.

Type: Lesson Plan

The Price is Right:

In this lesson, students practice finding the unit price of pre-selected items from local grocery store ads to decide which store has the best prices. (from Beacon Learning Center)

Type: Lesson Plan

Original Student Tutorial

Helping Chef Ratio:

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

You will be able to organize information in a table and write ratios equivalent to a given ratio in order to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Perspectives Video: Expert

Statistical Sampling Results in setting Legal Catch Rate :

Fish Ecologist, Dean Grubbs, discusses how using statistical sampling can help determine legal catch rates for fish that may be endangered.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Type: Perspectives Video: Expert

Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiasts

Mathematical Thinking for Ceramic 3D Printing:

In this video, Matthew Lawrence describes how mathematical thinking is important for 3D printing with ceramic materials.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Type: Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

Unit Rates in Swimming:

In this video, David Fermin demonstrates real-time estimates for monitoring swimming performance and physiology.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Type: Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

The Science and Math Behind Sour Fizzy Candy:

Master candymaker Wes Raley describes the process and science behind making sour fizzy candy. 

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Type: Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

Pizza Pi: Area, Circumference & Unit Rate:

How many times larger is the area of a large pizza compared to a small pizza?  Which pizza is the better deal? Michael McKinnon of Gaines Street Pies talks about how the area, circumference and price per square inch is different depending on the size of the pizza.  

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Type: Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

Amping Up Violin Tuning with Math:

Kyle Dunn, a Tallahassee-based luthier and owner of Stringfest, discusses how math is related to music. 

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Type: Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

Gear Heads and Gear Ratios:

Have a need for speed? Get out your spreadsheet! Race car drivers use algebraic formulas and spreadsheets to optimize car performance.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Type: Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

Coffee Mathematics: Ratios and Total Dissolvable Solids:

Math - the secret ingredient for an excellent cup of coffee!

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Type: Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

KROS Pacific Ocean Kayak Journey: Calories, Distance, and Rowing Rates:

Food is fuel, especially important when your body is powering a boat across the ocean.

Related Resources:
KROS Pacific Ocean Kayak Journey: GPS Data Set[.XLSX]
KROS Pacific Ocean Kayak Journey: Path Visualization for Google Earth[.KML]

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Type: Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

KROS Pacific Ocean Kayak Journey: Kites, Wind, and Speed:

Lofty ideas about kites helped power a kayak from California to Hawaii.

Related Resources:
KROS Pacific Ocean Kayak Journey: GPS Data Set[.XLSX]
KROS Pacific Ocean Kayak Journey: Path Visualization for Google Earth[.KML]

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Type: Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

Perspectives Video: Teaching Ideas

Bicycle Mathematics: Speed and Distance Calculations:

Cycling involves a lot of real-time math when you use an on-board computer. Learn about lesson ideas and how computers help with understanding performance.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Type: Perspectives Video: Teaching Idea

Robot Mathematics: Gearing Ratio Calculations for Performance:

A science teacher demonstrates stepwise calculations involving multiple variables for designing robots with desired characteristics.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Type: Perspectives Video: Teaching Idea

Problem-Solving Tasks

Running at a Constant Speed, Assessment Variation:

In this assessment, students are asked questions involving distance, rate, and time. Students will use and analyze concepts of ratio, unit rate, proportion, and proportional units.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Pennies to Heaven:

The goal of this task is to give students a context to investigate large numbers and measurements. Students need to fluently convert units with very large numbers in order to successfully complete this task. The total number of pennies minted either in a single year or for the last century is phenomenally large and difficult to grasp. One way to assess how large this number is would be to consider how far all of these pennies would reach if we were able to stack them one on top of another: this is another phenomenally large number but just how large may well come as a surprise.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Kendall's Vase - Tax:

This problem asks the student to find a 3% sales tax on a vase valued at $450.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Anna in D.C.:

The purpose of this task is to give students an opportunity to solve a challenging multistep percentage problem that can be approached in several different ways. Students are asked to find the cost of a meal before tax and tip when given the total cost of the meal. The task can illustrate multiple standards depending on the prior knowledge of the students and the approach used to solve the problem.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Converting Square Units:

The purpose of this task is converting square units. Use the information provided to answer the questions posed. Since this task asks students to critique Jada's reasoning, it provides an opportunity to work on Standard for Mathematical Practice MAFS.K12.MP.3.1 - Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Jim and Jesse's Money:

Students are asked to use a ratio to determine how much money Jim and Jesse had at the start of their trip.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Security Camera:

Students are asked to determine the percent of the area of a store covered by a security camera. Then, students are asked to determine the "best" place to position the camera and support their answer.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Shirt Sale:

Use the information provided to find out the original price of Selina's shirt. There are several different ways to reason through this problem; two approaches are shown.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Voting for Three, Variation 1:

This problem is the fifth in a series of seven about ratios. At first glance the problem may look to be beyond MAFS.6.RP.1.3, which limits itself to "describe a ratio relationship between two quantities." However, even though there are three quantities (the number of each candidates' votes), they are only considered two at a time.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Voting for Three, Variation 2:

This is the sixth problem in a series of seven that use the context of a classroom election. While it still deals with simple ratios and easily managed numbers, the mathematics surrounding the ratios are increasingly complex. In this problem, the students are asked to determine the difference in votes received by two of the three candidates.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Voting for Three, Variation 3:

This is the last problem of seven in a series about ratios set in the context of a classroom election. Since the number of voters is not known, the problem is quite abstract and requires a deep understanding of ratios and their relationship to fractions.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Currency Exchange:

The purpose of this task is to have students convert multiple currencies to answer the problem. Students may find the CDN abbreviation for Canada confusing. Teachers may need to explain the fact that money in Canada is also called dollars, so to distinguish them, we call them Canadian dollars.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Dana's House:

Use the information provided to find out what percentage of Dana's lot won't be covered by the house.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Data Transfer:

This task asks the students to solve a real-world problem involving unit rates (data per unit time) using units that many teens and pre-teens have heard of but may not know the definition for. While the computations involved are not particularly complex, the units will be abstract for many students. The first solution relies more on reasoning about the meaning of multiplication and division, while the second solution uses units to help keep track of the steps in the solution process.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Friends Meeting on Bicycles:

Students are asked to use knowledge of rates and ratios to answer a series of questions involving time, distance, and speed.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Mixing Concrete:

Given a ratio, students are asked to determine how much of each ingredient is needed to make concrete.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Overlapping Squares:

This problem provides an interesting geometric context to work on the notion of percent. Two different methods for analyzing the geometry are provided: the first places the two squares next to one another and then moves one so that they overlap. The second solution sets up an equation to find the overlap in terms of given information which reflects the mathematical ideas described in cluster MAFS.6.EE.2 - Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Running at a Constant Speed:

Students are asked apply knowledge of ratios to answer several questions regarding speed, distance and time.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Ratio - Make Some Chocolate Crispies:

In this activity students calculate the ratio of chocolate to cereal when making a cake. Students then use that ratio to calculate to amount of chocolate and cereal necessary to make 21 cakes.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Lifting a Lion:

"Students will work in groups to solve a real-world problem presented by the book: How Do You Lift A Lion? Using a toy lion and a lever, students will discover how much work is needed to raise the toy lion. They will use proportions to determine the force needed to lift a real lion" from TI World Math.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Space Math - Comparing Planets Orbiting Other Stars:

This NASA lesson utilizes real world data about the size of planets orbiting other stars. Students are asked to use this data to compare the size of the planets to Earth and Jupiter. Lesson includes a visual representation and an answer key.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Student Center Activity

Edcite: Mathematics Grade 6:

Students can practice answering mathematics questions on a variety of topics. With an account, students can save their work and send it to their teacher when complete.

Type: Student Center Activity

Teaching Ideas

Baby Whale Formula-SeaWorld Classroom Activity:

In this problem solving activity, students will practice measuring and making calculations in the context of providing nutrients to a baby whale that was rescued.

Type: Teaching Idea

Space Math: Estimating the Speed of a Tsunami:

Students use real-world data from the 2011 Pacific Ocean earthquake and tsunami to estimate the speed of the tsunami as it crossed the Pacific Ocean. Students will also need to work through the issue of time zones and the International Date Line.

Type: Teaching Idea

Tutorials

Ratio word problem: centimeters to kilometers:

Let's solve this word problem using what we know about equivalent ratios.

Type: Tutorial

Ratio word problem: boys to girls:

In this example, we are given a ratio and then asked to apply that ratio to solve a problem. No problem!

Type: Tutorial

Finding a Percent:

You are asked to find the percent when given the part and the whole.

Type: Tutorial

Percent of a Whole Number:

This video demonstrates how to find percent of a whole number.

Type: Tutorial

Percent Word Problem Example 3:

You're asked to find the whole when given the part and the percent.

Type: Tutorial

Percent word problem example 2:

It's nice to practice conversion problems, but how about applying our new knowledge of percentages to a real life problem like recycling? Hint: don't forget your long division!

Type: Tutorial

Solving Unit Rate Problem:

This video demonstrates solving a unit rate problem using equivalent ratios.

Type: Tutorial

Solving Unit Price Problem:

This video demonstrates solving a unit price problem using equivalent ratios.

Type: Tutorial

The Meaning of Percent:

This video talks about what percent really means by looking at a 10 by 10 grid.

Type: Tutorial

Converting Speed Units:

In this lesson, students will be viewing a Khan Academy video that will show how to convert ratios using speed units.

Type: Tutorial

Video/Audio/Animations

Understanding Percentages:

Percentages are one method of describing a fraction of a quantity. the percent is the numerator of a fraction whose denominator is understood to be one-hundred.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Atlantean Dodge Ball (An entetaining look at appropriate use of ratios and proportions):

Ratio errors confuse one of the coaches as two teams face off in an epic dodgeball tournament. See how mathematical techniques such as tables, graphs, measurements and equations help to find the missing part of a proportion.

Atlantean Dodgeball addresses number and operations standards, the algebra standard, and the process standard, as established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). It guides students in:

  • Understanding and using ratios and proportions to represent quantitative relationships.
  • Relating and comparing different forms of representation for a relationship.
  • Developing, analyzing, and explaining methods for solving problems involving proportions, such as scaling and finding equivalent ratios.
  • Representing, analyzing, and generalizing a variety of patterns with tables, graphs, words, and, when possible, symbolic rules.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Bad Date (A Real World Application of Ratios):

In this video from Math Snacks, a women goes on three dates, after which she analyzes the ratio of how many words she speaks compared to the number of words her date speaks. By attaining a 1:1 ratio of words, she attains her "Happily Ever After." (Apparently, in her eyes, this is the only desirable quality in a man that really matters.) A learner's guide, teachers guide, and transcript of the video is included.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Virtual Manipulatives

Percentages:

This virtual manipulative allows the student to enter any two of the three quantities involved in percentage computation: the whole, a part and the percent. This manipulative can also be used for the discussions of relations among fractions, decimals, ratios and percentages.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Converting Units Through Dimensional Analysis:

Using this virtual manipulative, students apply dimensional analysis (AKA factor-label method or unit-factor method) to solve unit conversion problems. There is also the opportunity to create your own unit conversion problems.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Mixtures:

In this online activity, students apply their understanding of proportional relationships by adding circles, either colored or not, to two different piles then combine the piles to produce a required percentage of colored circles. Students can play in four modes: exploration, unknown part, unknown whole, or unknown percent. This activity also includes supplemental materials in tabs above the applet, including background information about the topics covered, a description of how to use the application, and exploration questions for use with the Java applet.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Planet Size Comparison: Ratio:

Images of two planets selected on two drop-down menus with a display of their respective diameters and the applicable ratio.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Worksheets

Ratios and Rates - Using Ratio Tables to Make Comparisons:

This resource is made up of a sequence of worksheets and is useful for a different look at how ratios work. It uses ratio tables extensively and is good for open discussion with classes. This resource might work well for struggling students. This was developed by Dr. Stephan and Mr. McManus at LCMS.

Type: Worksheet

Splash of Math - SeaWorld Classroom Activity:

This resource allows students to assume the role of an ethologist provide 4 activities that challenge students to apply mathematics to solve complex real-life problems:

  • Activity A: Watch the Whales - Determine average speed, distance, and percentage of time at the surface of gray whales.
  • Activity B: Time Tally - From observations of a dolphin determine total time and percentage of time of certain behaviors.
  • Activity C: Deep Divers - Determine average dive depth, diving time, and surface time of an elephant seal.
  • Activity D: Breaches of the Humpback - Graph data and make a prediction from the graph. In this activity, the students will practice problem solving skills to solve complex real-life problems.

Type: Worksheet

STEM Lessons - Model Eliciting Activity

All “Tired” Up:

In this lesson students will utilize mathematical computation skills involving percentages and critical thinking skills to select the best tire deals advertised.

Ares Habitation Corporation and the Search for Lunarcrete:

Students will create a working model that can determine the best regolith to binder solution for a settlement on Mars. The students are contacted by a company that requests their services. Students will read about, study and create their own lunarcrete (moon concrete). Students will work as a team to evaluate the provided data and determine which solution is most effective. Finally students will write a letter to the company defending their process giving reasons and data.

Best Day Care Center for William:

This MEA requires students to formulate a comparison-based solution to a problem involving choosing the BEST daycare based upon safety, playground equipment, meals, teacher to student ratio, cost, holiday availability and toilet training availability. Students are provided the context of the problem, a request letter from a client asking them to provide a recommendation, and data relevant to the situation. Students utilize the data to create a defensible model solution to present to the client. Students will receive practice on calculating a discount, finding the sum of the discounts, working with ratios and ranking day cares based on the data given.

Best School for Kevin:

In this MEA, the students will compare data to decide which school would be the best for a couple's son who is transferring into the county.

Champion Volleyball Team:

Students will help create a championship volleyball team by selecting 4 volleyball players to be added to open positions on the team. The students will use quantitative (ratios and decimals) and qualitative data to make their decisions.

Cosmic Nose Cones:

Students will design specific nose cones for a water bottle rocket. They will test them to find out and rate which one is most effective in terms of accuracy, speed, distance, and cost effectiveness. This information will be used as criteria for a company that designs nose cones for orbitary missions.

Education and the Economy:

Students will learn about how investing in education affects the economy by interpreting data and writing a persuasive letter to the Chamber of Commerce.

Happy Lawns: Lawn Care Service MEA:

This Model Eliciting Activity (MEA) is written at a 6th grade level.
This MEA asks the students to decide on a lawn mower that will provide the Happy Lawns: Lawn Care Service with the best value for their money. Students are asked to rank order the lawn mowers in term of gas tank capacity, customer rating, speed, amount of time the mower takes to cut an acre of grass, shipping, and cost of the lawn mower. Students must provide a "Best Value" lawn mower to the company owner and explain how they arrived at their solution.

How Smooth Smoothie:

Students will analyze data to decide what blender to use, what size cups for adults, total ingredients needed, and create a variable that supports how many amounts and the total ounces of smoothies made.

Lilys Cola TV Commercial:

Given a tight budget, students need to find the number of people that can be hired to film a soda commercial. Students will make the selection using a table that contains information about two types of extras. The union extra earns more money per hour than the non-union extra; however, the non-union extra needs more time to shoot the commercial than the union extra. In addition, students will select the design that would be used for the commercial taking into account the area that needs to be covered and the aesthetic factor.

Neighborhood Hunt:

This MEA requires students to formulate a comparison-based solution to a problem involving choosing the best neighborhood for Ms. Jasmine to purchase a house. Students are provided the context of the problem, a request letter from a client asking them to provide a recommendation, and data relevant to the situation. Students utilize the data to create a defensible model solution to present to the client.

Orange Juice Conversion:

In this MEA, the students will be able to convert measurements within systems and between systems. They will be able to use problem solving skills to create a process for ranking orange juices for a Bed and Breakfast.

Paper Route Logic:

The main problem students will need to solve is helping Lily Rae Wridenhoud find a route that will afford her the quickest time, least distance and highest customer satisfaction rating. Students will be given a map of all the streets leading around the neighborhood and customer rating (smiley faces). Students will need to use a ruler to figure out distances as well as decide elevation numbers on the topographic map. Then they will write out the route they have chosen to give Lily, and write a short explanation as to why this is the quickest and least distance traveled. Students will then be asked to look over their findings and be informed that some of the old clients have canceled the paper delivery and a few new paper clients have signed on. Does their new route still fit their findings?

Rate Your Local Produce Market:

The students will rank the local produce markets by using qualitative and quantitative data. The students will have to calculate unit rates and compare and order them.

Real Estate Rental Agency MEA:

Students will choose the best location for a family relocating and will consider all of the factors to make the best decision.

Storm-Chasers: Weather & Climate:

In this MEA, students will use their knowledge of weather and climate to select a location for a camera crew to visit in order to get high quality video footage of severe weather such as thunderstorms, blizzards, tornadoes, or hurricanes. The decision will be made using data about important weather factors such as air pressure, humidity, temperature, wind direction, and wind speed.

Teen Cell Phone Plans:

The purpose of this lesson is to solve real-world and mathematical problems using ratio and rate reasoning. Students will also use equivalent forms of decimals, percent applications to solve problems. They will write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. Students will engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.

MFAS Formative Assessments

Bargain Breakfast:

Students are given the prices of three different quantities of cereal and are asked to determine which is the best buy.

Comparing Rates:

Students are asked to solve rate problems given the time it takes each of two animals to run different distances.

Finding the Whole:

Students are asked to find the whole given a part and a percent.

Homework Time:

Students are asked to convert a given rate to an equivalent rate out of 100.

Making Coffee:

Students are asked to write ratios equivalent to a given ratio.

Measurement Conversion:

Students are asked to make unit conversions.

Party Punch - Compare Ratios:

Students are asked to compare ratios given in two different tables.

Sara’s Hike:

Students are asked to solve a problem involving ratios.

The Meaning of Pi:

Students are asked to explain the relationship between the circumference and diameter of a circle in terms of pi.

Original Student Tutorials Mathematics - Grades 6-8

Helping Chef Ratio:

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

You will be able to organize information in a table and write ratios equivalent to a given ratio in order to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Original Student Tutorial

Helping Chef Ratio:

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

You will be able to organize information in a table and write ratios equivalent to a given ratio in order to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Educational Games

Ice Ice Maybe: An Operations Estimation Game:


This fun and interactive game helps practice estimation skills, using various operations of choice, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, using decimals, fractions, and percents.

Various levels of difficulty make this game appropriate for multiple age and ability levels.

Addition/Subtraction: The addition and subtraction of whole numbers, the addition and subtraction of decimals.

Multiplication/Division: The multiplication and addition of fractions and decimals.

Percentages: Identify the percentage of a whole number.

Fractions: Multiply and divde a whole number by a fraction, as well as apply properties of operations.

Type: Educational Game

Flower Power: An Ordering of Rational Numbers Game:


This is a fun and interactive game that helps students practice ordering rational numbers, including decimals, fractions, and percents. You are planting and harvesting flowers for cash. Allow the bee to pollinate, and you can multiply your crops and cash rewards!

Type: Educational Game

Problem-Solving Tasks

Pennies to Heaven:

The goal of this task is to give students a context to investigate large numbers and measurements. Students need to fluently convert units with very large numbers in order to successfully complete this task. The total number of pennies minted either in a single year or for the last century is phenomenally large and difficult to grasp. One way to assess how large this number is would be to consider how far all of these pennies would reach if we were able to stack them one on top of another: this is another phenomenally large number but just how large may well come as a surprise.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Kendall's Vase - Tax:

This problem asks the student to find a 3% sales tax on a vase valued at $450.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Anna in D.C.:

The purpose of this task is to give students an opportunity to solve a challenging multistep percentage problem that can be approached in several different ways. Students are asked to find the cost of a meal before tax and tip when given the total cost of the meal. The task can illustrate multiple standards depending on the prior knowledge of the students and the approach used to solve the problem.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Converting Square Units:

The purpose of this task is converting square units. Use the information provided to answer the questions posed. Since this task asks students to critique Jada's reasoning, it provides an opportunity to work on Standard for Mathematical Practice MAFS.K12.MP.3.1 - Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Jim and Jesse's Money:

Students are asked to use a ratio to determine how much money Jim and Jesse had at the start of their trip.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Security Camera:

Students are asked to determine the percent of the area of a store covered by a security camera. Then, students are asked to determine the "best" place to position the camera and support their answer.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Shirt Sale:

Use the information provided to find out the original price of Selina's shirt. There are several different ways to reason through this problem; two approaches are shown.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Voting for Three, Variation 1:

This problem is the fifth in a series of seven about ratios. At first glance the problem may look to be beyond MAFS.6.RP.1.3, which limits itself to "describe a ratio relationship between two quantities." However, even though there are three quantities (the number of each candidates' votes), they are only considered two at a time.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Voting for Three, Variation 2:

This is the sixth problem in a series of seven that use the context of a classroom election. While it still deals with simple ratios and easily managed numbers, the mathematics surrounding the ratios are increasingly complex. In this problem, the students are asked to determine the difference in votes received by two of the three candidates.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Voting for Three, Variation 3:

This is the last problem of seven in a series about ratios set in the context of a classroom election. Since the number of voters is not known, the problem is quite abstract and requires a deep understanding of ratios and their relationship to fractions.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Currency Exchange:

The purpose of this task is to have students convert multiple currencies to answer the problem. Students may find the CDN abbreviation for Canada confusing. Teachers may need to explain the fact that money in Canada is also called dollars, so to distinguish them, we call them Canadian dollars.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Dana's House:

Use the information provided to find out what percentage of Dana's lot won't be covered by the house.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Data Transfer:

This task asks the students to solve a real-world problem involving unit rates (data per unit time) using units that many teens and pre-teens have heard of but may not know the definition for. While the computations involved are not particularly complex, the units will be abstract for many students. The first solution relies more on reasoning about the meaning of multiplication and division, while the second solution uses units to help keep track of the steps in the solution process.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Friends Meeting on Bicycles:

Students are asked to use knowledge of rates and ratios to answer a series of questions involving time, distance, and speed.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Mixing Concrete:

Given a ratio, students are asked to determine how much of each ingredient is needed to make concrete.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Overlapping Squares:

This problem provides an interesting geometric context to work on the notion of percent. Two different methods for analyzing the geometry are provided: the first places the two squares next to one another and then moves one so that they overlap. The second solution sets up an equation to find the overlap in terms of given information which reflects the mathematical ideas described in cluster MAFS.6.EE.2 - Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Running at a Constant Speed:

Students are asked apply knowledge of ratios to answer several questions regarding speed, distance and time.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Student Center Activity

Edcite: Mathematics Grade 6:

Students can practice answering mathematics questions on a variety of topics. With an account, students can save their work and send it to their teacher when complete.

Type: Student Center Activity

Tutorials

Ratio word problem: centimeters to kilometers:

Let's solve this word problem using what we know about equivalent ratios.

Type: Tutorial

Ratio word problem: boys to girls:

In this example, we are given a ratio and then asked to apply that ratio to solve a problem. No problem!

Type: Tutorial

Finding a Percent:

You are asked to find the percent when given the part and the whole.

Type: Tutorial

Percent of a Whole Number:

This video demonstrates how to find percent of a whole number.

Type: Tutorial

Percent Word Problem Example 3:

You're asked to find the whole when given the part and the percent.

Type: Tutorial

Percent word problem example 2:

It's nice to practice conversion problems, but how about applying our new knowledge of percentages to a real life problem like recycling? Hint: don't forget your long division!

Type: Tutorial

Solving Unit Price Problem:

This video demonstrates solving a unit price problem using equivalent ratios.

Type: Tutorial

The Meaning of Percent:

This video talks about what percent really means by looking at a 10 by 10 grid.

Type: Tutorial

Converting Speed Units:

In this lesson, students will be viewing a Khan Academy video that will show how to convert ratios using speed units.

Type: Tutorial

Video/Audio/Animations

Understanding Percentages:

Percentages are one method of describing a fraction of a quantity. the percent is the numerator of a fraction whose denominator is understood to be one-hundred.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Atlantean Dodge Ball (An entetaining look at appropriate use of ratios and proportions):

Ratio errors confuse one of the coaches as two teams face off in an epic dodgeball tournament. See how mathematical techniques such as tables, graphs, measurements and equations help to find the missing part of a proportion.

Atlantean Dodgeball addresses number and operations standards, the algebra standard, and the process standard, as established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). It guides students in:

  • Understanding and using ratios and proportions to represent quantitative relationships.
  • Relating and comparing different forms of representation for a relationship.
  • Developing, analyzing, and explaining methods for solving problems involving proportions, such as scaling and finding equivalent ratios.
  • Representing, analyzing, and generalizing a variety of patterns with tables, graphs, words, and, when possible, symbolic rules.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Virtual Manipulatives

Percentages:

This virtual manipulative allows the student to enter any two of the three quantities involved in percentage computation: the whole, a part and the percent. This manipulative can also be used for the discussions of relations among fractions, decimals, ratios and percentages.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Converting Units Through Dimensional Analysis:

Using this virtual manipulative, students apply dimensional analysis (AKA factor-label method or unit-factor method) to solve unit conversion problems. There is also the opportunity to create your own unit conversion problems.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Mixtures:

In this online activity, students apply their understanding of proportional relationships by adding circles, either colored or not, to two different piles then combine the piles to produce a required percentage of colored circles. Students can play in four modes: exploration, unknown part, unknown whole, or unknown percent. This activity also includes supplemental materials in tabs above the applet, including background information about the topics covered, a description of how to use the application, and exploration questions for use with the Java applet.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Problem-Solving Tasks

Pennies to Heaven:

The goal of this task is to give students a context to investigate large numbers and measurements. Students need to fluently convert units with very large numbers in order to successfully complete this task. The total number of pennies minted either in a single year or for the last century is phenomenally large and difficult to grasp. One way to assess how large this number is would be to consider how far all of these pennies would reach if we were able to stack them one on top of another: this is another phenomenally large number but just how large may well come as a surprise.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Kendall's Vase - Tax:

This problem asks the student to find a 3% sales tax on a vase valued at $450.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Anna in D.C.:

The purpose of this task is to give students an opportunity to solve a challenging multistep percentage problem that can be approached in several different ways. Students are asked to find the cost of a meal before tax and tip when given the total cost of the meal. The task can illustrate multiple standards depending on the prior knowledge of the students and the approach used to solve the problem.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Converting Square Units:

The purpose of this task is converting square units. Use the information provided to answer the questions posed. Since this task asks students to critique Jada's reasoning, it provides an opportunity to work on Standard for Mathematical Practice MAFS.K12.MP.3.1 - Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Jim and Jesse's Money:

Students are asked to use a ratio to determine how much money Jim and Jesse had at the start of their trip.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Security Camera:

Students are asked to determine the percent of the area of a store covered by a security camera. Then, students are asked to determine the "best" place to position the camera and support their answer.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Shirt Sale:

Use the information provided to find out the original price of Selina's shirt. There are several different ways to reason through this problem; two approaches are shown.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Voting for Three, Variation 1:

This problem is the fifth in a series of seven about ratios. At first glance the problem may look to be beyond MAFS.6.RP.1.3, which limits itself to "describe a ratio relationship between two quantities." However, even though there are three quantities (the number of each candidates' votes), they are only considered two at a time.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Voting for Three, Variation 2:

This is the sixth problem in a series of seven that use the context of a classroom election. While it still deals with simple ratios and easily managed numbers, the mathematics surrounding the ratios are increasingly complex. In this problem, the students are asked to determine the difference in votes received by two of the three candidates.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Voting for Three, Variation 3:

This is the last problem of seven in a series about ratios set in the context of a classroom election. Since the number of voters is not known, the problem is quite abstract and requires a deep understanding of ratios and their relationship to fractions.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Currency Exchange:

The purpose of this task is to have students convert multiple currencies to answer the problem. Students may find the CDN abbreviation for Canada confusing. Teachers may need to explain the fact that money in Canada is also called dollars, so to distinguish them, we call them Canadian dollars.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Dana's House:

Use the information provided to find out what percentage of Dana's lot won't be covered by the house.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Data Transfer:

This task asks the students to solve a real-world problem involving unit rates (data per unit time) using units that many teens and pre-teens have heard of but may not know the definition for. While the computations involved are not particularly complex, the units will be abstract for many students. The first solution relies more on reasoning about the meaning of multiplication and division, while the second solution uses units to help keep track of the steps in the solution process.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Friends Meeting on Bicycles:

Students are asked to use knowledge of rates and ratios to answer a series of questions involving time, distance, and speed.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Mixing Concrete:

Given a ratio, students are asked to determine how much of each ingredient is needed to make concrete.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Overlapping Squares:

This problem provides an interesting geometric context to work on the notion of percent. Two different methods for analyzing the geometry are provided: the first places the two squares next to one another and then moves one so that they overlap. The second solution sets up an equation to find the overlap in terms of given information which reflects the mathematical ideas described in cluster MAFS.6.EE.2 - Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Running at a Constant Speed:

Students are asked apply knowledge of ratios to answer several questions regarding speed, distance and time.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Ratio - Make Some Chocolate Crispies:

In this activity students calculate the ratio of chocolate to cereal when making a cake. Students then use that ratio to calculate to amount of chocolate and cereal necessary to make 21 cakes.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Video/Audio/Animation

Atlantean Dodge Ball (An entetaining look at appropriate use of ratios and proportions):

Ratio errors confuse one of the coaches as two teams face off in an epic dodgeball tournament. See how mathematical techniques such as tables, graphs, measurements and equations help to find the missing part of a proportion.

Atlantean Dodgeball addresses number and operations standards, the algebra standard, and the process standard, as established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). It guides students in:

  • Understanding and using ratios and proportions to represent quantitative relationships.
  • Relating and comparing different forms of representation for a relationship.
  • Developing, analyzing, and explaining methods for solving problems involving proportions, such as scaling and finding equivalent ratios.
  • Representing, analyzing, and generalizing a variety of patterns with tables, graphs, words, and, when possible, symbolic rules.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Virtual Manipulatives

Percentages:

This virtual manipulative allows the student to enter any two of the three quantities involved in percentage computation: the whole, a part and the percent. This manipulative can also be used for the discussions of relations among fractions, decimals, ratios and percentages.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Converting Units Through Dimensional Analysis:

Using this virtual manipulative, students apply dimensional analysis (AKA factor-label method or unit-factor method) to solve unit conversion problems. There is also the opportunity to create your own unit conversion problems.

Type: Virtual Manipulative