Grade Levels: 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Proportions, 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 reflect on number relationships, such as inequalities and ratios. Ask:

  • What are different ways you can compare numbers?
  • In what ways can comparing numbers be helpful in the real world?

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

  • Read the description on the Proportions topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Students take the Proportions Challenge and Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

Students express what they learned about proportions 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: Five tickets to a carnival cost $45. Create a tutorial demonstrating how to set up a proportion and determine how much seven tickets would cost.
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying the steps to setting up a proportion.
  • Creative Coding: Code a math problem that uses proportions, and challenge a classmate to solve it.

More to Explore 

Ratio Rumble: Players apply knowledge of proportions to make powerful potions in this interactive game.

Ratio, Proportion, and Percent Unit: Continue to build understanding around how numbers relate by exploring more BrainPOP math topics.

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