Conflict by the Numbers
School: Harborside Academy
City/State: Kenosha, WI
Grade(s): 10
Format(s): Report
Subject(s): English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies
Project Overview
These booklets were created by tenth grade students at Harborside Academy in Kenosha, Wisconsin as the mathematical component of a learning expedition called “World of Conflict.”
Students used the principles of geometry, particularly ratios and proportions, to compare different wars and determine which was the most devastating to the United States and why. Over a two week period, they conducted statistical research, calculated ratios and proportions, interviewed veterans for background information, and used software to create their booklets. The statistical research provided data on many aspects of the wars, such as number of soldiers served, number of casualties, cost of war, and compensation for veterans.
This project gives students a broader understanding of the implications of war, and that the effects of conflict go far beyond the number of casualties. Using the geometric principle of similarity, students apply math skills to real world problems.
How This Project Can Be Useful
 Highlights a high schoollevel math project
 Encourages students to look at historical events from a different perspective.
 Combination of booklet design and math challenges students both creatively and academically.
 Unusual example of interdisciplinary collaboration at an upper high school level
 Compelling example of making math come alive, by embedding with it within a historical study
 The collaboration of high school level math and humanities is evident throughout the book; this project is a fine model for teacher collaboration in a secondary setting
Common Core State Standards
Standard  Long Term Learning Target 

L.910.2 

L.910.6 

SIC.6 

GMG.3 

WHST.910.2 

WHST.910.7 
