RESOURCES.

A Data Processing Lesson for Statistics about AIDS

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

AIDS

Students explore global data about AIDS, and apply statistical methods to draw inferences about this global health issues.

Math Content:

Author

Larry Shirley

Statistics, Data Analysis, Graphing

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Banking Options in Low-Income Communities

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

Financial Exploitation, Payday Loans, Check Cashing, Banking, Low-Income, Poverty

Students explore how exploitative financial institutions are prevalent in low-income communities, and the mechanisms they use to take advantage of people. Students investigate compounding interest on loans.

Math Content:

Author

Jonathan Osler

Interest, Compound Interest, Percent Growth

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Banking on a Good Turn

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

War, Globalization

Students research the economies of countries in the Group of 8 and present how their economies have changed over the past five years and how the relationships among these countries affect each other in light of world events. Finally, they individually reflect on how the war with Iraq has impacted the economy of one of the Group of 8 members.

Math Content:

Author

Tanya Yasmin Chin

Economics

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Bills, Bills, Bills: A Real Life Mathematical Experience

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

Banking, Financial Management, Low-Wage Labor

This unit integrates literature, music, and cooperative learning into middle school mathematics. Students will learn to use decimals, percents, and make predictions about their own spending.

Math Content:

Author

Kristen Commisso

Decimals, Percentages

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Black Disenfranchisement

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

Disenfranchisement, Voter Rights, Poverty

Students construct histograms using data about Black disenfranchisement rates

Math Content:

Author

Jonathan Osler

Histograms, Graphing

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Born on Third Base

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

Wealth Inequality, CEO Pay, Inheritance

Students explore how wealthy Americans acquired their fortunes using a baseball analogy of the advantages of starting on third base.

Math Content:

Author

Reach and Teach

Economics, Percent Growth

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Building a Community Garden

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

Hunger, Poverty

In this unit, students evolve their understanding of perimeter, area, and similarity, particularly how they can be practically applied, while developing a better understanding of issues of hunger and poverty in our community.

Math Content:

Author

Adam Renner

Perimeter, Area, Similarity, Geometry, Rectangles

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Bureau of Justice Statistics Data Collection

Resource Type:

Data Sets

Justice Issues:

Prisons, Incarceration, Crime, Murder, School Shootings, Jails, Parole, Arrests, Police, Police Brutality, Juvenile Detention, Human Trafficking, Sexual Violence

Broad range of data which can be disaggregated by factors including geography, age, race, gender, covering topics including crime, incarceration, violent crimes, school arrests, prisons, etc.

Math Content:

Author

Department of Justice

Data Analysis, Statistics, Graphing

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Cancer Facts & Statistics

Resource Type:

Data Sets

Justice Issues:

Cancer, Health, Disproportionality

The regularly updated Facts & Figures website present the most current trends in cancer occurrence and survival, as well as information on symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment. Data can be disaggregated by race, gender, geography, and other factors.

Math Content:

Author

American Cancer Society

Data Analysis, Statistics, Graphing

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Casualties from Iraq War

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

War, Iraq War

Students explore monthly data from a 1-year period when the US was at war in Iraq, and use different methods to calculate averages based on the desired outcome from three assigned perspectives.

Math Content:

Author

Jonathan Osler

Averages

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Center for Disease Control Data

Resource Type:

Data Sets

Justice Issues:

Asthma, Diabetes, Health, Cancer, Breastfeeding, Heart Disease, Tobacco, Smoking, Obesity

Comprehensive website with searchable data sets about a wide range of health-related topics including asthma, life expectancy, tobacco use, diabetes, food-borne illness, etc.

Math Content:

Author

Centers for Disease Control

Data Analysis, Statistics, Graphing

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Color of Wealth Infographic

Resource Type:

Infographic

Justice Issues:

Racial Wealth Gap, Wealth Inequality

This infographic aims to increase our understanding of the roots of racial economic inequality and of the harm caused by racist policies implemented throughout the history of the United States.

Math Content:

Author

Sarah Jacqz

Percents, Money

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Community Voices Heard (HANDOUTS)

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

Day Laborers, Banking, Gentrification, Police, Police Brutality, Youth

In this unit, students construct, distribute, and analyze surveys about social justice topics impacting their lives. This version contains student handouts; search for "Community Voices Heard (TEACHER)" for the lesson plans.

Math Content:

Author

Jonathan Osler

Statistics, Surveys, Data Analysis, Graphing

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Community Voices Heard (TEACHER)

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

Day Laborers, Bias

In this unit, students learn how to construct, conduct, and analyze surveys. They identify a relevant social justice issue impacting their community, and through the survey process students develop a set of recommendations for how to address injustice in their lives.

Math Content:

Author

Jonathan Osler

Surveys, Data Analysis, Graphing, Statistics, Probability, Sampling

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Comparing National and State College Tuition Increases

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

College Tuition, Educational Access, College

Students interpret a graph representing rising college tuition costs, then collect data on college tuition changes in the United States by region and create their own graphs.

Math Content:

Author

Andrea Perelman

Percent Growth, Graphing

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Cost of Smoking

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

Smoking, Health, Wellbeing

Students estimate the amount of money a non-smoking teen spends in a week, a month, and a year, and compare it with the expenses of a teen who smokes one, two, and three packs a day. They then research other reasons that teens should not smoke, and create an ad campaign geared toward young people emphasizing the financial and health benefits of not smoking.

Math Content:

Author

Jackie Glasthal

Estimation, Adding, Multiplication

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Cost of war in Iraq: How does it effect my community?

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

War, Defense Budget

This activity allows students to investigate the cost of the war in Iraq and compare it with the cost of addressing both local and global problems. Students will understand how much money is being spent on the war, gain mathematical literacy, and conduct internet research so that they can educate themselves about the war.

Math Content:

Author

Kari Kokka

Averages, Budgets

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Credit Cards 101: The Plastic Peril

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

Credit Cards, Debt, Financial Exploitation

In this unit students explore the exploitative dimensions of the credit card industry. They develop a deeper understanding of how credit and credit cards function in order to avoid being taken advantage of and going deep into debt.

Math Content:

Author

Jonathan Osler

Annual Percentage Rates, Percentages, Interest, Frequency Tables, Surveys

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Data from the COVID Tracking Project

Resource Type:

Data Sets

Justice Issues:

COVID, Racial Disproportionality, Health

The COVID Tracking Project is one of the most comprehensive collections of data about the COVID pandemic -- for example, incidence, rates, and impact by location, age, race, gender. Contains both raw and analyzed data.

Math Content:

Author

COVID Tracking Project

Data Analysis, Statistics, Disproportionality

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Data from the U.S. Census

Resource Type:

Data Sets, Visualizations, Infographic

Justice Issues:

Race, Racial Disproportionality, Segregation, Gentrification, Housing, Income, Poverty, Health Insurance, COVID

Website of the U.S. Census. Contains current and historic data, visualizations, research, reports, and other information based on census surveys.

Math Content:

Author

US Census

Data Analysis, Sampling, Trend, Statistics, Graphing

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Developing Public Opinion Polls to Report Views on Important Issues

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

Civil Rights, Iraq War, Terrorism

Students learn about polling by participating in polls and then creating, conducting, and analyzing their own.

Math Content:

Author

Javaid Khan

Polling, Data Analysis, Survey, Sampling

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Driving While Black/Brown

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

Racial Profiling

Students use mathematics to analyze racial profiling data and compare actual data to results of a probability simulation about racial profiling. This then becomes an entry point into a discussion about whether racial profiling is a real issue, is racism a factor, why does it occur, and if it’s a problem, what can one do about it.

Math Content:

Author

Teachers 4 Social Justice

Data Analysis, Probability

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Education Can Help Narrow the Racial Wealth Gap, but Structural Solutions Are Needed to Close It

Resource Type:

Research Paper

Justice Issues:

Racial Wealth Gap, Educational Attainment, Debt

This paper looks into wealth held by different racial groups based on educational attainment, and shows that gaps not only persist across all educational levels but seem to get worse with higher attainment. Paper makes argument that deeper structural solutions are needed in addition to educational opportunities.

Math Content:

Author

U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee

Percents, Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Ratios, Median

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Exploring Data about Brooklyn

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

Unemployment, Incarceration, Educational Attainment

In this activity, students look for correlation among different data about Brooklyn neighborhoods including unemployment, household income, AIDS rates, etc. It can serve as a model for similar activities in other communities.

Math Content:

Author

Jonathan Osler

Correlation, Statistics, Data Analysis

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Fair Trade Chocolates

Resource Type:

Lesson Plans

Justice Issues:

Globalization, Poverty, Low-Wage Labor, Farming, Workers Rights, Fair Trade

In the UK, an average person spends £62 a year on chocolate. That’s the equivalent of about 200 chocolate bars. In this activity students explore how much of what we pay for a bar of chocolate goes to the farmers who grew the cocoa beans.

Math Content:

Author

Pete Wright

Percents

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