Student Project

Student Project

Introduction to the Project

Opening

Introduction to the Project

Today you will choose a topic for a ratio project. The topic you choose must incorporate working with ratios in some way.

You will work on this project with your group over the course of the unit. You will be given some class time to work on your project, but you will also work on it at home.

At the end of the unit, your group will present your project to the class. Your teacher will use a project rubric to evaluate all of the projects. Look at the rubric and discuss it with your classmates.

HANDOUT: Project Rubric: Ratio

Math Mission

Opening

Choose a project topic and work with your group to write a proposal for your project.

Choose a Project

Work Time

Choose a Project

Did you know that when you fly on an airplane, ride your bicycle, or bake a cake, ratios are “helping you out”? It’s true! Airplanes fly based on glide ratios, bicycles shift gears based on gear ratios, and using the right ratio of ingredients in a cake recipe is what makes the cake turn out to be so yummy.

Ratios are all around us, which means you can have some fun deciding on a project topic about ratios. Your ratio project could be about building model airplanes with the best glide ratios, finding the best formulas to use to create a volcanic eruption, or exploring gears in various contexts.

Look at the list of possible project topics, as well as resources that will help you get started.

You can choose one of these topics or propose a topic of your own.

HANDOUT: Project Ideas

About Your Project

Work Time

About Your Project

Look at the project rubric again. Your teacher will use this rubric to judge your project. Refer to it periodically as you work on your project so that you can make sure you are covering all the key points of the rubric.

Each project must contain the following:

  • A written explanation that describes how you used ratios in your project
  • At least one diagram or graph that shows how you used ratios in your project

Make Connections

Performance Task

Ways of Thinking: Make Connections

Listen as your classmates share their project ideas with the class.

As your classmates present, ask questions such as:

  • Why did you choose this project?
  • What will you have to do to make the project successful?
  • Have you thought about how you will present your project?

Reflect On Your Work

Work Time

Reflection

Write a reflection about the project ideas discussed in class today. Use the sentence starter below if you find it to be helpful.

I chose my ratio project because …