Over the past week, my students worked on the group portion of their Barbie proportion project. Here are a few shots of the works in progress! Please forgive the photo quality; I think I left the flash off.
Now, students are beginning their letters to Mattel. They're surprised I actually offered to mail them and they don't think the letters will really be read. I am crossing my fingers that the good people at Mattel will reply (even with a form letter) so my kids can understand that their views matter and their correspondence is read. Despite their disbelief in corporate American, I barely heard any grumbles from students about having to write in math class once they realized their letter was for more than just my eyes.
I had a comment asking for the files I used. Get them here. If you make any modifications to suit your class or find these files useful, I'd love to hear about it!