Math, Inquiry, & Social Justice

Explore below to find activity outlines that allow students to explore concepts that connect math to the real world, highlighting injustice and inequity.

A lesson plan for teaching students about the problems with tipping culture while exploring ratios, proportion & percent.

A modified lesson based on the NCTM Illuminations original 'The Cost of Being Late'. This lesson looks at credit card debt in the US and allows students to weigh the true cost of credit.

After students have explored the woes of working in restaurants and the true cost of credit cards, they are tasked with spinning a wheel of (mis)fortune and financially planning a life after moving away from home.

Gerrymandering & Representation

Data Creates Change

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From The Community Based Mathematics Project of Philadelphia

"In this lesson, students will investigate the Stop and Frisk policy which was implemented in Philadelphia in 2008. Students will use a simulation to model the rates at which pedestrians of varied races would be stopped if the stops were made at random, and then compare this to the actual data to explore the consequences of the policy in terms of social justice. Mathematical concepts include theoretical and experimental probability, sampling, the law of large numbers, and simulations. Students also learn that by using mathematics to analyze publicly available data they can demonstrate racial bias."