Make connections between observed phenomena in the world and in math vocabulary.

Brainstorm relationships


  1. Observation and Reflection Journal for each student
  2. Newspapers or scientific magazines
About one half hour to explain this week's project and show examples. As with the other inquiries, students self-pace their work for the rest of the week, coming back together as a class at the end of the inquiry for a "gallery walk" and discussion.


1. Students brainstorm possible sets of objects or events whose relationships cause an observable pattern, or function. The teacher gives examples during the brainstorming session such as: The size of an image on a screen to the distance of the projector from the screen, or the number of cars to the amount of carbon dioxide pollution.

2. Students make a list of possible relationships in their journals

3. Students create collages made from photographs and/or drawings cutout from newspapers and/or magazines throughout the week.

At the end of the week, class has a “Gallery Walk” to view one another’s artwork and to discuss ideas about relationships

Students demonstrate their understanding of relationships through the use of pictures.

Students interview other members of the community about objects and events that have relationships

Plan B
Students write letters to scientists asking them about phenomena such as weather, earthquakes or transportation that have variables, factors and functions.

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