This fun lesson is made up of two parts:
- An 80 second animated video hook that introduces students to the history of human population growth. You can see a preview, by visiting this link: https://youtu.be/bXuGCgUpiJU
- A differentiated set of worksheets (high, medium, and low) that prompt students to use their knowledge of rates to approximate how much the human population increases by each day.
As a math teacher, I'm always looking for ways to give my students genuinely "real-world" opportunities to practice applying their math and problem solving skills. I enlisted the help of a friend to create a video that gives students more context for understanding human population growth, and then I created a set of differentiated worksheets. The video is a fun educational hook, and the math problems are truly real-world!
Differentiation is really important to me. All three levels of the worksheet build towards the same question, so it was easy to have students share out their solutions at the end of class. Also, every level requires students to show their work and explain their thinking in words.
Here's how I differentiated these worksheets:
- "High level": an open-ended problem that requires multiple steps and a challenge question.
-"Medium level": a scaffolded version of the same open-ended problem and some bonus problems
-"Low level": a heavily scaffolded version of the problem and some bonus problems
*The preview shows excerpts from the low and high level worksheets