Subject: Math

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 min

Topic: Ratios & Proportional Relationships- Defining Ratios

Grade Level: 6

Objective: Critical thinking, Explanation

Standards: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.1

Brief Description: Students will define the meaning of a ratio and provide several examples using real-life scenarios.

Know Before You Start: This is an introductory/beginning concept lesson. Students need little to no prior knowledge of ratios.

Comic 1

What’s the Ratio? - Exemplar comic, panel 1 What’s the Ratio? - Exemplar comic, panel 2 What’s the Ratio? - Exemplar comic, panel 3 What’s the Ratio? - Exemplar comic, panel 4

Comic 2

What’s the Ratio? - Exemplar comic #2, panel 1 What’s the Ratio? - Exemplar comic #2, panel 2

Hook: Look at the first sample comic. Discuss what ratios are based on the comic.

Activity:

  • Explain that ratios are a relationship between two numbers
  • Students should take time to practice figuring out ratios based on the second set of sample comics
    • Discuss the strategies used to solve the ratios (table, diagram, etc)
  • Students will create a comic with 4 frames
    • The first frame will provide a definition of what a ratio is
    • The next 3 frames will feature a different ratio scenario and explanation, using at least 2 characters.

Closure: Explain what a ratio is using one of your own examples.

Resources:

  • Scrap paper to draw pictures and/or tables to help solve the ratios.
  • Example comics to print or display: Comic 1, Comic 2