Utilize tobacco use in an investigation of number sense, linear functions, and scatterplot. Students will find out the startling truth behind the amount of cigarettes a smoker may use in their lifetime, the financial cost of the habit (including inflation), as well as the foretold effect on their health. I've never had students more engaged than when I do this project. The results of this project can have a lifelong impact on a learner...the best part is they are discovering this on their own.
Culminating in a PSA, students can compare the costs between states (real data provided) and draw conclusions about differences across the country.
In this 15 page document you will be given a mapping to the Content Standards, and a thorough packet that will challenge your student's critical thinking skills.
-- In "The Cost of Smoking", students will select two states for comparison and in order to complete the questions.
-- In "Financial Cost", students will use a lot of integrated math to determine the monetary cost of smoking for a lifetime. For example, students will set up expressions, evaluate them, solve unit rates and work with percents in an authentic context.
-- In "Health Cost", students will use a lot of integrated math to determine the health ramifications of smoking based on the latest studies.
-- The project concludes with a PSA that students can create to share evidence from their research with the world.
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