Ratios & proportional reasoning skills are critical as students move from elementary arithmetic to middle school mathematics it is necessary to be able to work with fractions, decimals, percents, rates, unit rates, and applications of proportions. Students will develop an understanding that a ratio is a multiplicative comparison of two or more quantities. Proportional reasoning is useful in many real-life situations including making price comparisons, determining the best buy, finding gas mileage, scaling recipes up or down, distance on maps, calculating tips, taxes, discounts, unit conversions, etc. Students who have strong proportional reasoning are smarter consumers.
Students were excited to soak in all they could about ratios and proportions at work in our everyday lives. The Fibonacci pattern in nature and the elegance of the Golden Ratio and how it plays out in architecture and art were favorites. But our favorites were when we put ratios into action!