Type:

Lesson Plan, Manual

Description:

Many restaurants are required to post nutritional information for their foods, including the number of calories. But what does “550 calories” really mean? Instead of calories, what if McDonald’s rewrote its menu in terms of exercise?In this lesson, students will use unit rates and proportional reasoning to determine how long they’d have to exercise to burn off different McDonald’s menu items. For instance, a 160-pound person would have to run for 50 minutes to burn off a Big Mac. So…want fries with that?!

Subjects:

  • Mathematics > General
  • Mathematics > Algebra
  • Mathematics > Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics > Arithmetic
  • Mathematics > Careers
  • Mathematics > Equations
  • Mathematics > Estimation
  • Mathematics > Number Sense & Operations
  • Mathematics > Patterns
  • Mathematics > Problem Solving

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

proportional reasoning calorie counts calories burned minutes exercise unit rate measurement graphs graphing simplifying equations math real-world problem solving applications critical thinking Common Core State Standards CCSS

Language:

English

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Public - Available to anyone

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3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-10-14.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

Practical, real-world problem solving approach to teaching students about unit rates and proportional reasoning.

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