The Deadly Pit - Ratio & Proportions (Distance Learning)

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Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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Ratios & Proportions: The Deadly Pit – Book 1

Students use ratios to solve “real-world” problems involving 2 variables.

The Deadly Pit is common core aligned. This book will engage your students to practice and review ratios & proportions in a FUN way! In The Deadly pit, students use ratios and proportions to solve problems involving an unknown number of creatures within their Deadly Pit.


Students work at their own pace and check their own work. After completing each problem, your students will click on a link that takes them to a video tutorial. The video takes them step-by-step through each problem, encouraging them to pause the video and fix any mistakes.


No Prep Required! Upload into Google Classroom and you’re good to go.

Your students will develop their critical thinking skills each time they solve a problem. They will also learn helpful strategies that develop their self-confidence in mathematical skills.

Multiple Uses

-This is suitable for independent, pairs, or group work.

-You can use this book as part of your classroom practice & review time, as math centers, as homework, or as independent work for early finishers.

-I recommend having your students solve a problem, self-correct, and then show you their work after each problem. I always write something like “FANTASTIC!”, You are Awesome!”, or “Superb Work My Friend!” on students’ papers - even if they get the problem wrong. As long as they find their mistake and fix it, they are learning. The positive reinforcement statements do wonders for building students’ academic self-confidence.

How long will this activity take?

The time to complete this book will vary between 45 minutes to 2 hours or more. It really depends on how familiar your students are with ratios and proportions.

Designed to scaffold concepts

First, students are introduced to a concept with a “WATCH ME” demonstrational video, which they can copy into their notebooks.

Next, students continue developing their skills by working side-by-side with the author, while they watch the “WORK WITH ME” video.

Finally, students perfect their skills by completing a number of problems on their own. After completing each problem, students watch the “ON YOUR OWN” videos. In the videos, they are reminded, “Do not worry if you make a mistake. Simply pause the video, and fix your mistake. That is the fastest way to learn.”  These last videos teach independence and a deeper understanding of Ratios & proportions.

How to use this Book:

1. Upload the PDF into your Google Classroom.

2. Have your students access each problem, then correct their own work while watching the video tutorials.

3. After each problem – have your students bring their paper to you.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.”
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.”
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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