This article is written for middle school students to learn about ratios and proportions. The article covers writing ratios, simplifying ratios, and proportional reasoning. A graphic organizer, partner reading activity, and student directions are included to use at the station. Reading and summarizing this article has been a great way to get students comfortable with ratios and proportions.
This article was written by Kimberly Wasylyk, a math teacher with 10 years of experience.
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CCSS.Math.Content.6.RP.A.1 Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities. For example, “The ratio of wings to beaks in the bird house at the zoo was 2:1, because for every 2 wings there was 1 beak.” “For every vote candidate A received, candidate C received nearly three votes.”
CCSS.Math.Content.6.RP.A.2 Understand the concept of a unit rate a/b associated with a ratio a:b with b ≠ 0, and use rate language in the context of a ratio relationship. For example, “This recipe has a ratio of 3 cups of flour to 4 cups of sugar, so there is 3/4 cup of flour for each cup of sugar.” “We paid $75 for 15 hamburgers, which is a rate of $5 per hamburger.”1
CCSS.Math.Content.6.RP.A.3 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.
Middle School Math Article - Ratios and Proportional Reasoning
by Kimberly Wasylyk
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