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Title:

Ratios/Proportions: Population to Goods and Services (1-day lesson)

Materials:

Chromebook, pencil, eraser, calculator, and the provided links.

Introduction:

I will have a warm-up on the projector screen for the students to work on and complete in 3-5 minutes.
The warm-up will consist of a few examples regarding simplifying/solving proportions and will include a
discussion question at the end to transition into our lesson body. Students will have been exposed to the
idea of ratios and proportions before this lesson, so they should have an understanding of the
terminology and the conceptual aspect of the material. The goal of the lesson is to use the topic of
ratios, proportions, and fractions to place emphasis on a global issue.

Body:

After talking about our discussion question for about 5 minutes, I will pass out the classroom activity
students will be working on. I will give clear and concise directions before students begin working on the
activity. Students will be sitting in small groups (3 students per group). The directions to the activity will
be as follows; students are to pick one country from each continent (excluding Antarctica). Each student
should have 7 continents listed on their worksheet (United States + 6 other countries). After choosing
their continents, students are to utilize their Chromebook and use the provided links (World Bank Open
Data/UN Data) to research, calculate and compare ratios/proportions of a country’s population with
access to services such as electricity, education, or healthcare. Students are engaging in mathematics
that also showcases to them real-world issues. This is important because the mathematics they are
applying will have meaning behind them and students should be able to retain the information more
easily. Students will have 20-25 minutes to complete this activity within their small groups. We will
return as a class and students will await further instructions.

Closure:

The last 10-15 minutes in class will be dedicated to having students transfer their findings onto a large
poster paper that will be located in the front of the room. This poster will have a giant outline of the
world map so students can write down their findings on the corresponding countries. As students do
this, we will be comparing and contrasting different countries, especially those that we find with limited
resources compared to first-world countries. I can ask students many different critical-thinking
questions during this portion of the lesson to make further connections. The manner in which my
students will be assessed will be on how well they complete the homework assignment for that day. The
assignment will ask them to make connections and answer critical thinking questions on both the
mathematics (their findings) and the global issue.
Warm-Up Name: _________________________________
Per: _____ Date: ______________

Express the following as a unit rate.


1) Eric earned $157.75 for 5 hours of work.

2) Jenny cycles 70 km over 2.5 hours.

Solve the following proportions.


10 𝑛 4 8
3) 8
= 10 4) 3
=𝑥

7 10 4 𝑟−3
5) = 6) =
𝑏+5 5 9 6

Discussion Question:
We have set-up and solved applications for ratios/proportions before (Ex #1 and #2). Where
might we see more impactful real-world applications for ratios/proportions on a global scale?
Discuss with your elbow partner before we share our answers as a class.
Ratios/Proportions: Population to Goods and Services Name: ___________________________
Per: ____ Date: _____________
My World Countries:
Default North South Europe Africa Asia Australia/Oceania
America America
United
States

United States _________________


Population: _______ Population: _______
Percent Electricity Per Capita: _______ Percent Electricity Per Capita: _______
Percent Education Per Capita: _______ Percent Education Per Capita: _______
Percent Healthcare Per Capita: _______ Percent Healthcare Per Capita: _______

_________________ _________________
Population: _______ Population: _______
Percent Electricity Per Capita: _______ Percent Electricity Per Capita: _______
Percent Education Per Capita: _______ Percent Education Per Capita: _______
Percent Healthcare Per Capita: _______ Percent Healthcare Per Capita: _______

_________________ _________________
Population: _______ Population: _______
Percent Electricity Per Capita: _______ Percent Electricity Per Capita: _______
Percent Education Per Capita: _______ Percent Education Per Capita: _______
Percent Healthcare Per Capita: _______ Percent Healthcare Per Capita: _______

_________________
Population: _______
Percent Electricity Per Capita: _______
Percent Education Per Capita: _______
Percent Healthcare Per Capita: _______
Homework Name: _____________________________
Per: ____ Date: ______________

1) Which country had the most access to services such as electricity, education, or healthcare?

2) Which country had the least access to services such as electricity, education, or healthcare?

3) What continent(s) of the world are the countries with the most services such as electricity,
education, or healthcare located in? Why?

4) What continent(s) of the world are the countries with the least services such as electricity,
education, or healthcare located in? Why?

5) What factors do you think contribute to the disparities between these two countries? List all
the possible factors.

6) If you were in charge of your country for one day, how might you help those struggling
countries?
Resources:

World Bank Open Data

UN Data

Ratios, Proportions, and Fractions Resource