This Instructional Activity is a part of the Lesson 1, Unit 1, Grade 6. With a partner, students use words to describe a context that could be represented by each ratio given. Encourage students to be precise about the order in which the quantities are stated (emphasizing that order matters) and about the quantities being compared. That is, instead of saying the ratio of boys to girls, encourage them to say the ratio of the number of boys to the number of girls. After students develop the capacity to be very precise about the quantities in the ratio, it is appropriate for them to abbreviate their communication in later lessons. Just be sure their abbreviations still accurately convey the meaning of the ratio in the correct order.