Mathalicious: I'd Like to Buy a Vowel

How much should vowels cost on Wheel of Fortune?

Contestants on the game show Wheel of Fortune try to solve word puzzles by guessing missing letters. When they guess correctly, they make money…but there’s a catch! If they want to guess a vowel, they have to pay for the privilege: $250, to be exact. But is every vowel really worth the same?

In this lesson, students use ratios and percents to explore what would happen if Wheel of Fortune decided to charge prices for vowels based on how often they come up.


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Math Topics
Data, Graphing & Statistics, Ratios, Rates & Percents
Middle School
7th Grade

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