Construction Site Math: Ratios

In this real-world application of ratios, students will learn what a ratio is, including ratios with three terms. They will see different ways of writing ratios, including fractions in simplest form. 

a:b     ab     a to b

Two short videos introduce the concept of ratios and each video includes real-world examples of ratios. Then several formative assessments are used to test for understanding.  

Students then look at the application of ratios to the mixing of concrete at a construction site, starting with a video then followed by an assessment.

This lesson can be assigned to individual students or teams of students. The lesson can be completed in about 20 minutes. 

Math Concepts

  • Ratios and Rates
  • Algebra

Learning Objectives

  • Identifying ratios
  • Simplifying ratios
  • Working with ratios with three items

Prerequisite Skills

  • Writing fractions
  • Simplifying fractions
Common Core Standards CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.1, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.RP.A.2
Lesson Duration 20 mins
Grade Range 6th - 7th Grade

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