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# Introduction to Unit Rates - Learn to be a smart shopper!

Lesson 1 of 14

## Objective: Students will be able to write and compare rates by using unit rates.

## Big Idea: Can you figure out who is faster if each person runs a different distance? Unit rate will help!

*60 minutes*

#### Launch

*10 min*

As my students enter the room they will immediately pick up and begin working on today's **Opener: **

**Instructional Strategy - Process for openers**. This method of working and going over the opener lends itself to allow students to construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others, which is **mathematical practice 3**.

After completion of the opener, I will address the day’s Learning Targets to the students. In today’s lesson, the intended target is: **I write and compare rates using unit rates**. Students will jot the learning target down in their agendas.

A note about agendas: In my school's version of a student planner, there is a place to write the learning target for every lesson.

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#### Summary

*5 min*

To summarize this lesson, I am going to ask students to have a **Table Discussion** on the following questions:

- What is the purpose of a unit rate?
- How are unit rates useful in making comparisons?

While tables discuss I will walk around and listen in, and then I will have tables share out. This activity will give me a good sense of if students get the big picture of unit rates.

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*I teach 7th and 8th graders math. I found your ideas very helpful in getting them to understand ratio and proportions. My students struggled with that concept. Thank you. | 3 months ago | Reply*

*I teach math to 7th grade special education students. These lessons really look applicable and appropriate for my math students. I do have one question...where are the answer keys located? | 7 months ago | Reply*

The PDFs that are available are the copies of the smartboard slides. I hope that helps...I believe there is also a site available that will convert SB files into other types - another teacher mentioned that on another one of my lessons. Have a great year!

| 2 years ago | Reply*Responding to Pamela Olmstead*

I'm not sure what you mean about needing to enlarge. When I clicked on the download button, the files were normal sized pdfs ready to go.

| 2 years ago | Reply*Responding to Kim Sudac*

Thanks so much! I will do that as well! Are you just expanding them in size and using the enlarged size so that students may take notes?!! Thanks again Pam And enjoy your year!

| 2 years ago | Reply*Responding to Pamela Olmstead*

Hi Pam,

I don't have a smart board either. I think the pdfs listed under resources are the same as the smart board files. I downloaded those files and I think everything is there. I'm teaching 7th grade math for the first time this year too. Good luck!

Kim

| 2 years ago | Reply

I have been playing around with the adobe download trying to get it to a power point or even a single PDF page that I can use on my doc camera to work with my students to no avail. Do you have any ideas on how it could be downloaded? Thanks!

| 2 years ago | Reply

Hi Heather! I just found out I am teaching 7th grade math this year!! I have spent time in your lessons and can tell that I love them! But, I do not have a smart board. Is there a way to download the notes in a pdf format perhaps? Thanks for all the great ideas! Pam

| 2 years ago | Reply

Heather,

You have fabulous lessons. I used them all year. I have traditionally begun my year with rational number study. I am curious why you began with proportional reasoning. I am considering moving my units around this summer and just thinking about your philosophy behind this.

Thank you for wonderful lessons.

| 2 years ago | Reply

Heather,

I just noticed this feedback option at the bottom of the lesson. I have used several of your lessons. THANK YOU!

| 2 years ago | Reply

I recently started off my introduction to unit rates by having my students measure how many hops they could do in a minute. I love your twist of having the students hop for different lengths of time. I wish I had thought of that a couple days ago!

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- UNIT 1: Introduction to Mathematical Practices
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- UNIT 5: Expressions
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- UNIT 7: Geometric Figures
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- UNIT 11: Culminating Unit: End of Grade Review

- LESSON 1: Introduction to Unit Rates - Learn to be a smart shopper!
- LESSON 2: Unit Rates with Complex Fractions
- LESSON 3: Unit Rates Fluency - Practice makes Perfect!
- LESSON 4: More Unit Rates Fluency - Practice, Practice!
- LESSON 5: Proportional and Nonproportional Relationships - Can you find the constant?
- LESSON 6: Equations of Proportional Relationships - Who needs a table?
- LESSON 7: Equations of Proportional Relationships - Fluency Practice!
- LESSON 8: Graphs of Proportional Relationships - What are the two important characteristics?
- LESSON 9: Graphing Proportional Relationships - Fluency Practice
- LESSON 10: Problem Solving Connections - Can you apply what you know about proportional reasoning?
- LESSON 11: Proportional Reasoning Review - Remember Hollywood Squares?
- LESSON 12: Proportional Reasoning Test - Time to Put it All Together!
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