Combating Poverty & Microloans - Ratio | Proportion | Percent - Math Project

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Students will use the skills of ratios, proportions and percents to solve authentic global problems. Through Fair Trade and Microlending, students are immersed with problems that are not only practical for the math content, but are ripe for a collaboration with your social studies department!

In this 23 page document you will be given a mapping to the Content Standards, an outline for how to implement the project, handout resources for students to use, and an answer key. In all it is three different assignments --

-- "If the World Were a Village" -- using proportions, ratios and percent, students use authentic statistics to shrink our entire population down to 100 people. If proportions were the same, who would be in the village? Find out and discuss some of the most surprising findings after.

-- "Fair Trade" -- students look at price differences between products that are certified fair trade and those that are not. They will calculate the percentage increases. Is Fair Trade worth it? They will decide.

-- "Microlending" -- students will evaluate four applicants for a microloan from around the world. They will help determine monthly payments and when to pay off the loan. Starting with proportions, this starts the students on their path to thinking about break-even points and linear equations in a practical context.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Represent proportional relationships by equations. For example, if total cost 𝘡 is proportional to the number 𝘯 of items purchased at a constant price 𝘱, the relationship between the total cost and the number of items can be expressed as 𝘡 = 𝘱𝘯.
Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities.
Use ratio reasoning to convert measurement units; manipulate and transform units appropriately when multiplying or dividing quantities.
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.
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.


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