100 People

It's a small world after all. In the middle school assessment task, learners use data that imagines there are only 100 people in the world to answer questions about population demographics. Young mathematicians use ratio and proportional reasoning, as well as scientific notation, to solve problems.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Team up with a social studies teacher for the task
  • Have learners research current proportions rather than using info from the 1990s
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider the socioeconomic status of pupils before using task as there is a reference to lack of food and shelter (i.e., homelessness)
Pros

  • Provides opportunities for a cross-curricular activity
  • Resource includes scored student work
Cons

  • Number of points in rubric does not add up correctly
Common Core