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# Activities

• ##### Subject Area

• Math: Elementary Math: Math and Literature
• Math: Elementary Math: Algebraic Thinking
• Math: Elementary Math: Measurement
• Math: Elementary Math: Probability, Statistics and Data Analysis

K-5

60 Minutes

• ##### Device
• TI-15 Explorer™
• ##### Other Materials
This activity originally appeared in EXPLORATIONS Book:
A World of Mathematics: Activities for Grades 4, 5, and 6 Using the TI-15

## Lifting a Lion

#### Activity Overview

In this activity, students will practice solving a real-world problem. Using a toy lion and a lever, students first discover how much work is needed to raise a toy lion. They will then use proportions to determine the force needed to lift a real lion.

#### Objectives

Students will explore the following concepts in this activity:

• problem solving
• force
• simple machines
• measurement
• multiplication
• division
• ratios

To introduce the activity, read the first section of the book How Do You Lift a Lion? by Robert E. Wells to the students. Discuss with the students the parts of a lever shown in the book and demonstrate making a lever with a 12-inch ruler, with a pencil as a fulcrum.

Distribute the student activity sheet and have students read the details around the problem they will be solving.

The Problem: How much effort will it take to lift a lion with a lever?

Review the four problem solving steps with students:

• Understanding the problem
• Making a plan
• Carrying out the plan
• Evaluating the solution

Students will predict the amount of work it will take to lift a real lion with the fulcrum at different distances. Students will then write an explanation about their solution process. Students will then use their TI-15 calculator to solve problems Using Proportions