Go into the wild with this pattern, function and proportion math project. Leverage your students interest in wildlife to engage them in mathematical problem solving. The problems are inspired by authentic wild life population estimates and conservation statuses.
In this project, you will receive four separate assignments.
1. “Animal Tracking” -- students will practice proportions and use animal tracking mathematics to estimate the size of a population.
2. “Endangered Species or Invasive Species?” -- students will analyze patterns, write functions and predict the future. The population data is from the IUCN and WWF however numbers were slightly adjusted to make it an authentic pattern assignment.
3. "Surviving Extinction” -- students will use data to analyze pre-conservation and post-conservation data to answer questions about once critically endangered species.
4. “Wild Animal Conservation” -- students will put on their zoologist hat and be given Population Patterns to write functions and use a Counting Method to estimate if conservation efforts have been effective. For each animal species students will analyze their calculations. To conclude, students will write a report to the IUCN articulating their research and their identified areas of greatest concern and areas of positive reinforcement.
In this 32 page PDF, you will receive these four assignments as well as an answer key.
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