By Terry Vatter
What has math bought to do with my lifestyles? If you have ever heard that protest out of your scholars, this booklet supplies the reply. offering arithmetic within the context of social concerns makes it suitable and is helping scholars how one can follow math talents thoroughly. 4 sections-race and gender, poverty and wealth, the surroundings, and teenage issues-have classes according to subject matters similar to estimating, chance, unfavourable numbers, and multiplying decimals. dialogue questions, library examine actions and publications, and reproducible homework assignments strengthen studying. With its concrete method, this ebook permits scholars to work out arithmetic as a robust software for knowing the area. operating in the course of the actions will encourage them and support them develop as mathematicians and as citizens.
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Teacher Ideas Press. (800) 237-6124. 32 / UNIT 2 U N I T 2 LIBRARY RESEARCH A C T I V I T Y (ABOUT 80 MINUTES) Divide into groups of two or three students. Pick one of the research questions below for each group. Use the guide to conduct your research. Reconvene as a whole class and have a spokesperson from each group share results. Research Questions 1. S. population changed since the earliest records were kept (about 1790) regarding the size of various ethnic groups? 2. How do races or genders compare on the numbers of AIDS cases?
H a n d out and explain homework. S. D. degree 4,545 Data from Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1994. 1. Make a third column, rounding the dollar figures to h u n d r e d s . 2. Make up six interesting s t a t e m e n t s involving ratios, using complete sentences. For example: The ratio of monthly income of a person with vocational t r a i n i n g to a person with j u s t a high school diploma is 1600 1400 From Civic Mathematics. © 1996. Teacher Ideas Press. (800) 237-6124. 3: PROPORTIONS • Teach proportions and checking with cross-products • Social-context activities (about 40 minutes) 1.
Research Questions 1. S. population changed since the earliest records were kept (about 1790) regarding the size of various ethnic groups? 2. How do races or genders compare on the numbers of AIDS cases? 3. How does the death rate in the United States compare with that in specific other countries? 4. How do races and genders compare in number of years of education? Assessmentnttt For this activity, you will be assessed on the following: seriousness in approach to library work (5%) quality of statements based on data (20%) quality of application of math skills to statements (30%) quality of revised statements (20%) quality of final organization and presentation (20%) quality of final completion of math statement (5%) From Civic Mathematics.