Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Comparing Prices, and supports the standard of analyzing proportional relationships and using them to solve real-world and mathematical problems. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Prompt students to discuss the following real-world problem:

A pizza parlor is selling an 8-slice pie for \$12, or single slices for \$2 each. Is it a better deal to buy slices or a whole pie? How do you know?

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS

Assign the Comparing Prices Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

Students express what they learned about comparing prices while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

• Make-a-Movie: Produce a tutorial explaining how to find the unit price to compare goods and services.
• Make-a-Map: Identify the steps to solve the following problem: You want to book a bike tour. Company A charges \$18 per hour per person, and Company B charges \$50 per person for three hours. Company B also charges each person \$5 for a helmet, whereas Company A includes helmets for free. Which company offers the better deal?
• Creative Coding: Code a math problem that involves comparing prices.

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Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of using ratio and rate reasoning to solve problems with these topics: Ratios, Proportions, Percents, and Multi-Step Word Problems.

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