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Essential Questions for students (objectives):  How can ratios help us convert monetary amounts? 

Supplies: video (length 0:49), note-maker
CCSS:  6.RP.3d,  7.RP.3, Defend your answer
Time needed: 10 minutes 
Instructional Format: Video, student problem-solving, group work
Vocabulary for a Word Wall: ratio, approximate, simplify

Lesson Description: There are many ways to use this video in your math class.  I filmed it with the express purpose of stressing the importance of approximation and justifying your answer.  There isn’t a “right” answer to this problem, which requires students to have to work hard to explain their choices.

1) You can show this video (0:49) at the beginning of a unit on ratios as a hook that will keep the students interested in learning about ratios.  You can have them work on the problem at the end of daily lessons (or once a week) armed with new knowledge that they are exploring in class.  Or you could revisit the video at the end of the unit as a formative check to see what the students have learned about ratios and whether they can apply that knowledge.

2) You could show this video as a warm-up activity after the students have learned how to convert between different measurement systems using ratios.  It is a great way to show an unusual context to a ratio problem.

Extensions:  What unusual monetary systems exist in the world today?  Which one is the closet to the U.S. currency and which differs the most?


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