It's inevitable. One day Zombies will take over Earth. If you are not preparing your students, you are being irresponsible. If you want to turn your "dead" exponential and logarithm unit into an "undead" one, this might work for you.
Turn your elementary math class into a forum for United Nations research and development. Specifically focusing on input-output tables and patterns, students will be given the notes of a renown scientist who herself has become a zombie. They must make sense of the notes before they too succumb to the virus. Students will practice applying rules, finding rules, graphing the result of rules AND... take their first steps toward understanding the concept of inverse functions.
In this 24 page document you will be given a mapping to the Content Standards, an outline for how to implement the project, handout resources for students to use, and an answer key. In all it is three different assignments --
-- In "Zombie Apocalypse", students (or teams) answer the input-outputs questions and develop mathematical rules and make predictions. It is within the context of finalizing the report of a famous doctor. This doctor laid a foundation for finding an antidote, but unfortunately became a zombie before finishing. This should take approximately 1 class period. Along the way they will explore the foundation of inverse operations.
-- “Outbreak”. In this task, half of your class will turn into zombies while the other have tries to cure them... or else they will become Zombies too.
-- “Z-Day”. Asks students to apply a rule to determine when the Zombie population is controlled.
Students (or teams) will create a report to the United Nations in which they design an Action Plan, Procedures for an Antidote and Suggestions for future safeguards.
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