*These activities were written to engage students in a mathematical conversation about social justice issues. The activities do not necessarily correspond to a particular target, or unit of study. Rather, they can be used anytime of the year, in any high school math class. Each activity has three parts. The first part invites students to engage with the issue by making predictions. The second part gives facts and graphs that require students to use mathematics to answer questions about the topic. Finally, the third part asks students to make a decision about where they stand on the issue. To learn more about how I facilitate these problems, you can read a blog post here.*

Topic: Cost of medications

Math topic: Exponential vs. Linear Functions

Activity: EpiPen Prices

Topic: Environmental Issues

Math topic: Math Literacy

Activity: Recycling and Reusing Clothing

Topic: Violence in Chicago

Math topic: Domain and Rate of Change

Activity: Using Domain to Understand a Story

Topic: College Tuition Costs

Math topic: Comparing Data Sets

Activity: College Tuition

Topic: Charitable Giving

Math topic: Creating Graphs

Activity: #GivingTuesday

Topic: Environmental Issues

Math topic: Estimation & Systems of Linear Equations

Activity: Plastic in the Ocean

Topic: Safe Drinking Water

Math topic: Statistics

Activity: Flint Water Crisis

Topic: American Incarcerations

Math topic: Math Literacy

Activity: American Incarcerations

Topic: Federally owned land

Math topic: Geometry (area)

Activity: Federal Land

Topic: Perceptions of World Poverty

Math topic: Estimation

Activity: World Stats

Topic: American Incarcerations

Math topic: Math Literacy

Activity: American Incarcerations

Topic: Federally owned land

Math topic: Geometry (area)

Activity: Federal Land

Topic: Perceptions of World Poverty

Math topic: Estimation

Activity: World Stats

Topic: Fairness of legal consequences for under privileged

Math topic: Fair vs. Equal

Activity: Speeding Tickets

Topic: Understanding statistics related to world health & wealth

Math topic: Estimation

Activity: World Stats

Topic: US Poverty Rates

Math topic: Piecewise Functions, Trig Functions

Activity: US Poverty

Math topic: Fair vs. Equal

Activity: Speeding Tickets

Topic: Understanding statistics related to world health & wealth

Math topic: Estimation

Activity: World Stats

Topic: US Poverty Rates

Math topic: Piecewise Functions, Trig Functions

Activity: US Poverty