For anyone that does not know how to properly pronounce this mini-activity's title please watch this...
This video is fantastic but absolutely useless as math education
(I think maybe you know better than I).
...and substitute "Coke" for spoon.
With that being said, I introduce you to this!
Act 1 - The Image
What questions do you have about this image? Post them on my twitter
. Then continue reading...
Act 2 - Gathering the Necessary Infos!
I figure the main question will be "Is that thing real?" Then it might be, "How much coke?" Then possibly "How heavy is it?" All of these will do, and so for this I give you a rough estimate for measuring.
Pretty big coke bottle eh?
Act 3 - The Reveal
Here's the trick with this one. This picture is taken from an onion article
. You will notice that it is not very "school friendly" so I had to do a slightly (less funny) edited version.
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Students will have answers WAY OFF from 30-L and it will be a good discussion to talk about why they think this is. At this point I would students do some of the following...
- Draw a scale picture that shows what a real 30 L jug would look like next to a Coke bottle.
- What would the mass of the pictured bottle be? What would the mass of a 30 L bottle be?
- How much would these two bottles cost?
- I can't actually think of any more (comments section please!)
Cross that Curriculum
I think what I like about this is because deep down I secretly also wanted to be an English teacher. This would be an excellent introduction into satire, and I could see doing a mini project of having students create a satirical piece, that also involved exaggerating numbers (but doing the math properly!).
Tell me what you think!