Students normally learn best when they can associate what they are learning with what they already know. This introduction will provide your child with an opportunity to do this and help prepare them for what is to be learned later in this lesson.
This introduction should take around 10-15 minutes. Do not worry if it takes longer.
Materials Needed: Worksheet #1
Together with your child, complete worksheet #1 which is about word problems.
- Remind them to cross out the information that is not needed first and to only look at the most important information in the problem.
- This worksheet is designed to draw on your child's problem solving skills. Problems with ratios in them usually require good word problem-solving skills.
- Ensure that your child has a solid understanding of how to solve word problems before exploring ratios in more depth.
Jackie bought three equally-priced dresses at the store. She paid $150.00 for all three dresses. How much did she pay per dress?
- To solve this you must know how much was paid in total and how many items were purchased. In this case she purchased 3 dresses (the quantity) for $150.00 (the total amount).
- Discuss with your child and show on the board that you must divide 150.00 by 3
- Ask your child to do the division and find the rate (amount of each dress)
- When they complete this they will know that the dresses were purchased at a rate of $50 per dress.
Solve the following question with your child to practice this concept again.
- Johnny’s dad bought pizza for his hockey team. The team ate 8 pizzas and the total for all of the pizzas was $72.00. What is the rate (amount) per pizza?
Independent Practice/ Lesson Closure
- Children who struggle with this lesson may benefit from reviewing basic ratio concepts again.
- Children who excel with this lesson are ready from more complicated problems.
- If your child is advanced, have him/her help you with solving the examples on the board to keep them engaged with the lesson.
- If your child is struggling, have them help with reading the problems, working out components to the problem that they excel in to keep them engaged.
Word Problems, Ratio, & Rate Worksheets
The 3 worksheets listed above are grouped below: