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BP Oil Spill: There is Good Reason to Cry over Spilled Oil*
Through reading an article, watching an interview and finding the volume of the Gulf of Mexico, students will investigate the extent of the damage from the oil spill. They will reflect on possible solutions and the impacts of those solutions.
It’s about money, money, money: more money, more problems?
Students are given a ‘job’ along with a typical salary associated with that job and create a budget that includes taxes, shelter, food, clothing, bills, communication costs, savings and entertainment. Students present their results to the class.
Infant Mortality Ratio Based on GDP*
Students will learn to analyze and create scatterplot graphs based on comparisons of infant mortality and GDP. They will use real life statistics and discuss the factors that increase infant mortality as well as discuss possible actions to change these stats. This lesson is structured to be easily used in Grades 9-11.
Hourly Wages and Piecework*
Students will calculate and compare hourly wage income versus piecework income for several countries. They are invited to play the role of plant manager and will learn to solve a contextual problem that involves the application of a formula.
Child Poverty and Health in Manitoba*
Students will learn to analyze and interpret data using graphs to explore the connection between poverty and health in Manitoba. Students will hear the personal story of a Manitoban to deepen their understanding of the complexity and challenges faced by impoverished people.
Math teachers have a great responsibility and a lot of material that must be taught within the school year. We hope that by using the sample lesson plans provided, and the resources suggested, we can help ease the transition of teachers from traditional approaches to lesson plans filled with meaningful ideas that incorporate human rights and encourage empathy and thoughtfulness.