Make connections between observed
phenomena in the world and in math vocabulary.
- Observation and Reflection Journal for each student
- 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
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
Students write letters to scientists
asking them about phenomena such as weather, earthquakes or
transportation that have variables, factors and functions.