If you believe as I do that students can get hooked on mathematics when it helps them understand something they really like then you should really like this activity which allows kids in grades 6 through 8 to utilize their understanding of ratios and proportions to appreciate how the price of a Super Bowl ticket has escalated over time.
Students can compare the very first Super Bowl to the upcoming one and to really put things in perspective they can even use ratios to compare the price of a ticket today to the cost of one in the year in which they were born.
After reaching the end of the lesson students will appreciate what their parents and grandparents have had to deal with in terms of price increases and inflation. Its also an eye opener for teachers! I hope you'll enjoy!