Students will explore many topics within exponential functions in application to the crisis of deforestation. The project covers reading data from a chart, modeling exponential and linear functions, end behavior, finding rate, and substituting values into exponential functions. Students will read short articles about deforestation and use the given information to apply their knowledge of exponential functions. The project is done best when students work in groups and discuss their results and reactions as a class afterwards.
This video was used to introduce the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4jhjt1_eyM
Also, it was quite fun to listen to rainforest sounds throughout the whole project and project this video. It kept the students calm and focused! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8myYyMg1fFE