The Fruits of Fairness

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Unfortunately the world isn't fair, but exactly how unfair is it? In this cross-curricular lesson, young mathematicians explore the uneven distribution of wealth in the United States, using their knowledge of percents and proportions to model the country's economy with members of the class. For younger students, present the statistics as fractions or decimals, rather than percents, allowing children to practice working with these types of numbers.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Pros

  • Includes a series of questions for guiding a discussion about wealth distribution
  • A worksheet is provided that complements the class activity
Cons

  • Scaffolding is required to support students with calculating percents and proportions