MiniUnit/lesson

Description
of MiniUnit/Lesson

National Standards

Biomagnification 
Students
develop formulas to explain how small levels of contaminants
build up and become detrimental to species higher in the
food chain. 
Algebra 

Students
will use unit analysis to calculate parts per million represented
by given ratios, and in a given scenario, determine whether
the concentration of contaminants is sufficient high to
warrant health officials closing a lake. 
Measurement 

Students
will review the process of unit analysis to convert between
units of radioactivity and will examine the radiation released
during the 10 days the fire at the power plant raged. 
Measurement
Connections 
Chernobyl
2  Air Currents 
Students
explore proportion and scale to model the extent of human
health impact as a result of the Chernobyl Incident. 
Measurement
Connections
Problem Solving
Representations


Students
analyze and make graphs to represent the different forms
of land use in a specific country 
Measurement
Number &
Operations
Representation 

Students
review the units of the metric system, and practice estimating
measures before actually converting between the two systems
of measurement. 
Measurement 
How
Many People Live There? 
Students
calculate the population density of a country as a whole
and then calculate the population densities of larger cities
within that country to demonstrate how population density
figures can be misleading. 
Data Analysis & Probability 

Activities
to help students visualize how small a concentration of
one part per million represents by creating physical representations
of one ppm. Parts per million is an important concept in
toxicology. 
Number & Operations
Representations

Just
How Many is a “Million Dead?”

Activities
to visualize how large a quantity one million represents
and relate this to death tolls throughout the world. 
 
Lies,
More Lies and Statistics 
Students
see examples of distorted graphs, which allow for different
interpretations of the same data, and learn ways to avoid
being misled by graphs in the future. 
Data Analysis & Probability 
Mapping
Natural Disasters 
Latitude
and longitude or Cartesian coordinates are used to locate
natural disasters. 
 
Population
Pyramids

How
to use data to create a population pyramid for a given
country and analyze population trends over time. 
Data Analysis & Probability 
Say
What? 
Students
use their knowledge of the types of graphs covered in previous
lessons to interpret data presented by the graphs. 
Data Analysis & Probability 
Take
Your Medicine I 
Students
learn to change from the expanded form of a finite geometric
series to the closed form of a finite geometric series
and calculate the sum of the series. 
Numbers & Operations
Algebra
Connections
Problem Solving

Take
Your Medicine II 
Students
will use the closed form for the sum of a finite geometric
series to calculate how much of a specific antibiotic remains
in the body over time. 
Numbers & Operations
Algebra
Connections
Problem Solving 
The
Portion is the Poison 
Students
will calculate the amount of everyday food products or
liquids that would need to be consumed to become toxic. 
Measurement 
What
Do You Want to Know About This Country?

Activities
to collect data and create graphs that best represent specific
types of data about a given country 
 
What
does Math have to do with getting sick? 
Activities
that show how math to help predict how many people can
get sick on a given day during an epidemic. 
Problem Solving
Communication
Connections
Representation

Bar
and Histograms
What
would You Use? (part 1) 
Activities
provide opportunities for students to better understand
the types of data best represented by bar graphs or by
histograms when deciding an appropriate form of display
for a given set of data. 
Data Analysis & Probability
Measurement

Line & Scatter
What
would you Use? (part 2) 
Activities
provide opportunities for students to better understand
the types of data best represented by scatter plots or
by line graphs and how to use these graphs to interpret
trends. 
Data Analysis & Probability
Measurement 
What
Pie?
What
would you Use? (part 3) 
Constructing
and interpreting pie charts allow students to better understand
the type of data that is best represented by pie charts
and help them determine if a pie chart is the appropriate
form of display for a given set of data. 
Data Analysis & Probability
Measurement 
Pick
the Right Graph
What
would you Use? (part 4) 
A
summary of the graphs covered in class allows students
to better
choose the appropriate graph to present their data. 
Data Analysis & Probability 
Where
Are We? 
Students
use latitude and longitude as well as Cartesian coordinates
with Mercator and Robinson Projections of the world to
find locations or distances traveled. 
Geometry
Number & Operations 
Who
Gave it to You? 
Activity
that models the speed of an epidemic among students in
a class. 
Probability
Problem Solving
Reasoning & Proof
Connections

Who
makes an Epidemic? 
Students
will be able to calculate the threshold value for the number
of susceptible people needed for the
epidemic to occur. 
Problem Solving
Communication
Connections
Representation 