1 Hook/Attention Getter
2 Direct Instruction
Use Google Slides or Power Point in a presentation on scatter plots and trend lines along with Google Sheets. Go over positive and negative trend lines and correlation of data using previously gathered class data by demonstrating how to create scatter plots and trend lines with Google Sheets. Have students mimic example with their own device.
3 Guided Practice
Have students create one trend line from a scatter plot they create on Google Sheets. The data that will be used is shoe size vs height that was gathered earlier in the class. After students have shown their trend line to the instructor...Have the students complete a Google Form that gives the instructor feedback on their level of confidence on the material. The instructor should use information to make sure each student gets help before the next level in the lesson if they need it.
4 Independent Practice
5 Wrap Up
Have students choose one from among the following topics:
- Affect of Education on childhood mortality rates
- Affect of Economy on childhood mortality rates
- Affect of immunizations/healthcare on childhood mortality rates
- Affect of war on childhood mortality rates
Have students conduct research of their topic and find data for the last 20 or more years concerning their topic. Their written report should include a scatter plot of their data and a regression analysis. The report should also include a prediction for the year 2030. Have Students make presentations to the class their findings using a presentation software or app.
Key Standards Supported
Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
Communicate scientific information that common ancestry and biological evolution are supported by multiple lines of empirical evidence.
Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors: (1) the potential for a species to increase in number, (2) the heritable genetic variation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction, (3) competition for limited resources, and (4) the proliferation of those organisms that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment.
Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with an advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait.
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.
Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in: (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.
Create or revise a simulation to test a solution to mitigate adverse impacts of human activity on biodiversity.
Earth and Human Activity
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.