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Seeking Shelter

What factors influence homelessness in a city?

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Seeking Shelter

What factors influence homelessness in a city?

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What factors influence homelessness in a city? Local leaders want to recruit high-paying jobs and to ensure their communities remain affordable to the people living there, and these goals can present a challenge.

In this lesson, students interpret linear equations and trend lines to describe how median income, average rent, and rates of homelessness have changed in the past two decades in various U.S. cities and discuss what they can do to aid people experiencing homelessness in their communities.

REAL WORLD TAKEAWAYS

  • In cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, average incomes have risen over time. As incomes have risen, so have rents.
  • As rents rise, some people are no longer able to afford their homes and become homeless.
  • Local leaders face a challenge in recruiting high-paying jobs while ensuring their areas remain affordable to the less well-off.

MATH OBJECTIVES

  • Describe a line-of-best fit as a line which is drawn through data points to show a long-term trend
  • Interpret a linear equation in a real-world context

Appropriate most times as students are developing conceptual understanding.
Lesson gauge medium
Grade 8
Writing Linear Equations
Lesson gauge medium
Grade 8
Writing Linear Equations
Content Standards 8.SP.2 Know that straight lines are widely used to model relationships between two quantitative variables. For scatter plots that suggest a linear association, informally fit a straight line, and informally assess the model fit by judging the closeness of the data points to the line. 8.SP.3 Use the equation of a linear model to solve problems in the context of bivariate measurement data, interpreting the slope and intercept. For example, in a linear model for a biology experiment, interpret a slope of 1.5 cm/hr as meaning that an additional hour of sunlight each day is associated with an additional 1.5 cm in mature plant height.
Mathematical Practices MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.3 Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. MP.4 Model with mathematics.

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