Scale and Proportion



Scale is the relationship between distances on a map and the corresponding distance in the real world. Scale can be represented in three different ways: graphically, in an equation form and using a representative fraction. Since scale is a ratio, proportions can be used to scale down actual distances and scale up map distances. For this lesson, students will apply the idea of scale as a ratio to understand proportionality and how to solve problems involving proportions. To strengthen their understanding of proportion, students will graph relationships on the coordinate plane.

Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Grade Level:
6, 7, 8
Math and Maps
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