Car board game.

CareerStart lessons: Grade six

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This activity combines math, art, and writing, as students create a scale drawing of a toy car and reflect on how math can be used in marketing careers. You may choose to do this after the end-of-grade tests as an enrichment activity when you can devote more time, energy, and effort.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will calculate the dimensions of a toy car to create a scale drawing.
  • Students will understand how mathematical concepts are used in marketing careers.

Teacher planning

Materials needed

  • Student handouts:
    • “Scale Drawing Problem-Solving Activity”
    • Reflection questions
  • Toy cars (Ask students to bring toy cars from home.)
  • Centimeter graph paper

Time required for lesson

Approximately 2 class periods and homework time both nights


  1. Conduct a class discussion about careers in which a person might need to use scale drawings.
  2. Hand out the problem-solving activity, reflection questions, and graph paper, and explain the problem faced by the marketing team in the activity.
  3. Have students complete the problem-solving activity and reflection questions.


Optional resources for more information on the topics covered in this lesson

Scale Factor
This short online lesson addresses the misconception that when the dimensions of an object are doubled, the area is doubled. Students can use the interactive applet to explore how scale factor affects the ratio of perimeter to area between two figures.
Scale Model of the Great Pyramid
This PBS website gives instructions for making scale models of the Great Pyramid, other famous examples of architecture, and other objects in real life. These activities could help students think about how scale models are used in other careers, such as architecture.
Is the Statue of Liberty’s Nose Too Long?
This math activity challenges students to think about the scale of the Statue of Liberty in relation to the ratio of the length of their own nose to their own arm. This is a great example of why scale is important!
Floor Plan Your Classroom
In this activity, students will make an architectural floor plan of their classroom to scale.

North Carolina curriculum alignment

Mathematics (2004)

Grade 6

  • Goal 5: Algebra - The learner will demonstrate an understanding of simple algebraic expressions.
    • Objective 5.04: Use graphs, tables, and symbols to model and solve problems involving rates of change and ratios.

  • Common Core State Standards
    • Mathematics (2010)
      • Grade 7

        • Geometry
          • 7.G.1Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale.