Postal Polynomials

There's more to mailing packages than paying for the postage. The activity has groups determine the length, width, and circumference of packages with variable measurements. Groups then determine the maximum size the variable can be using their given circumference size. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Research the billing practices of leading package delivery companies
  • To increase the realism, tell the class the height of each package is four inches
Classroom Considerations

  • Class should know how to add and subtract linear expressions
  • The sixth out of 10 lessons that connect mathematics and careers
Pros

  • Links provide information about careers
  • Provides an answer key for easier grading
Cons

  • The worksheet does not have a location to record the width
Common Core