Aboriginal Perspectives
Ratios and Percentage
Jessica Wesaquate and Andrea Rogers
Grade Level: 
Four 
Materials: 
Cassandra interview, Indian taco transparency, paper, and pencils 
Prerequisite Knowledge: 
ratios, percentage Before completing this lesson, have students watch the video on Cassandra
Opikokew, graduate from the University of Regina’s School of Journalism. She
serves as a great Aboriginal role model for students. In the video,
students will see the connection of mathematics to real life, demonstrating
that you need to know ratios to be a journalist. 
Introduction: 
Recall what ratio is with your students. If
this is the first time they are working with ratios, have them record
a definition in their math logs. As an activity determine the boy
to girl ratio in the classroom. You can also determine the ratios
of many other things using the students. Also at this time, introduce or recall what percentages are with your
students. Follow the link for a picture of an Indian taco or feel free to use an
example of your choice. http://image.examiner.com/images/blog/wysiwyg/image/taco2.jpg 
Activity: 
The local news station has just hired you as a reporter. Your first event is to film the events happening on National Aboriginal Day. Your boss would like you to find out the following for the news at 6:00 P.M.:

Extension: 
In groups or partners have students create their own ratio and percentage questions for something like National Aboriginal Day, National Aboriginal History Month, Louis Riel day, Treaty Days, etcetera. You can make this into a handout or have students swap questions with another pair or group. Through both the lesson and the extension activity you are fostering
a traditional type of teaching, which is experiential learning  learning
by seeing or doing. 
Recommended Children's Literature: 
Burton, Wilfred & Patton, Anne. "Fiddle
Dancer" (Métis jigging) 