March for Jobs and Freedom: Calculating the Crowd

Time Required: One class period
Grade Level: Upper Elementary+

In this lesson, students use representations and computations to estimate the crowd at the 1963 March on Washington. Students will strengthen critical thinking and mathematical skills through investigation and problem solving, and gain a deeper understanding of the issues related to protest demonstrations and media representations of events.

Objectives

  • Students will develop and use strategies to estimate computations in situations relevant to students’ experience. Students will be able to judge the reasonableness of the estimated results.
  • Students will express mathematical relationships and understand geometric ideas such as side lengths, perimeters, and areas.
  • Students will use representations to model and interpret physical, social, and mathematical phenomena.
  • Students will strengthen critical thinking and mathematical skills through investigation and problem solving.
  • Students will gain a deeper understanding of the issues related to protest demonstrations and media representations of events by generating questions, synthesizing data, and communicating ideas.