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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It's All Relative by Anne Collins and Linda Dacey

"All middle-grades math teachers should have It's All Relative at their fingertips during planning and instruction.
This handy 98-page flipchart is designed to engage students and develop deep conceptual understandings while correcting common misconceptions. 30 modules focus on key standards with instructional strategies, activities, and reproducibles." continues Stenhouse Publishers.

For years, students have been taught to cross multiply when presented with proportion problems. Few understood what they were doing or why they were doing it. Rarely were students invited to think about various representations to determine the relationship between the two ratios being compared. The ideas and activities in this guide will help you provide students with the conceptual understanding of ratios and proportional thinking that is essential for solving real-world problems and achieving success in higher-level mathematics.

Table of Contents

Representing Ratios
Ratio Drama
Equal Values
Tape Diagrams
Double Number Lines
Comparing Ratios
Graphical Representations
Ratios and Decimals
A Round and a Round the PIe
Choose It!
Unit and Scale Factors
What Is a Unit Rate?
Different Unit Rates
Proportionality and Unit Rates
Area and Unit Rates
Scaling and Proportional Figures
Solving Problems on a Double Number Line
Animal Rates
How Big Are These Chairs?
Proportional or Not?
Why Cross Multiply?
Summer Travels
Posing Problems
Converting Ratios to Percents
Finding Percents
Given a Part, Find the Whole
Taxes, Tips, and Commissions
Percent of Increase
Percent of Decrease
Math in the News
Working with Ratios and Percents
Answer Key


About the Authors 
Anne Collins has thirty years of teaching experience having taught all grade levels K-12 including undergraduate and graduate level courses. 
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Linda Dacey, professor of mathematics and education at Lesley University, began her career teaching at the elementary level and early in her career, received an NSF grant to develop a model program for preparing middle school teachers. 

Source: EdWeek Update and Stenhouse Publishers