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Unit Plans - Learner Level 3: Mathematics

  • Statistical Sleuths (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Statistical Sleuths involves students in mathematical problem-solving processes. Faced with dilemmas such as, how much time an average eighth grade student should spend on homework, students formulate and test their hypotheses using mock statistics and identify sampling techniques that could be used to collect the necessary data. They then organize the data into several graphs and reflect on the data's central tendency. Throughout the exploration of the unit, a Detective Diary is utilized so that students can share personal reflections in a journal format. For the summative assessment, students use skills and processes learned during class to complete an FCAT style test and then embark on a performance based statistical journey which replicates the daily activities from the unit, allowing students to prove their learning in a real-world application.

  • Where We Come From (Authored by Suzan Smith.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Can you roll your tongue? Do you have a widow's peak? In this unit students explore genetics and inheritance in an exciting way. Labs and hands-on, interactive activities include creating Marshmallow babies from an envelope of chromosomes, and decoding a riddle using the 4 components of DNA. Concepts covered in this unit are dominant and recessive traits, alleles, genotypes and phenotypes, heterozygous and homozygous alleles, Punnett squares, and DNA. Students enjoy this unit as they figure out where they came from!

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