Social Justice Math Problems

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.  

Social justice topic:  Cost of medications
Math topic:  Exponential vs. Linear Functions
Activity:  EpiPen Prices

Social justice topic:  Environmental Issues
Math topic:  Math Literacy

Social justice topic:  Violence in Chicago
Math topic:  Domain and Rate of Change

Social justice topic:  Life Expectancy 
Math topic:  Rate of Change
Activity:  Life Expectancy 

Social justice topic:  College Tuition Costs
Math topic:  Comparing Data Sets
Activity: College Tuition

Social justice topic:  Refugees
Math topic:  Math Literacy 
Activity: Refugees

Social justice topic:  Voter Turnout
Math topic:  Math Literacy
Activity: Voter Turnout

Social justice topic:  Charitable Giving
Math topic:  Creating Graphs
Activity: #GivingTuesday

Social justice topic:  Environmental Issues
Math topic:  Estimation & Systems of Linear Equations

Social justice topic:  Safe Drinking Water
Math topic: Statistics