Past Lesson Plans and Current Projects

Lesson Plans

Unzipping Your Genes - This lesson was created by Noah Ledbetter, Mary Wissinger, and Eduardo Rodriguez and was intended for high school. It is intended for freshmen students studying biology and algebra one. The project's aim is to facilitate a thorough exploration of genetics, population and stability, while also providing students with firm foundation for when they eventually take statistics. Students will write a report to incoming freshmen explaining the mathematic and scientific explanations they have learned in this unit. The final artifact will include descriptive information on survey design, data analysis using a chi^2 test, Punnett Squares, comparison of traits of different populations, Mendelian Genetics, and Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium and population growth. Since the students are preparing a report written in LaTeX this will also expose students to the basics of syntax as well as a chance to develop writing skills. Since development, it has come to the authors attention that there are several ethical considerations that they did not take into account. The unit's activities which cover genetics have the potential to alienate students with non traditional families and should not be used without modification.

Functions in Motion - This lesson was created by Noah Ledbetter and Matthew Roumelis and was intended for high school. It is intended to give students a solid foundation in piecewise functions as well as the distinction between continuous and discontinuous functions.

Radical Roller Coasters - This lesson was created by Noah Ledbetter and Matthew Roumelis and was intended for high school. It is a follow up lesson to functions in motion cementing that expands and focuses on algebraic representation.

Discrete Flow - This lesson was created by Noah Ledbetter and Matthew Roumelis and was intended for high school. It is the final lesson of the trio, dealing with discrete functions with an introduction to regression.

The Golden Ratio - This lesson was created by Noah Ledbetter and Alexandra Swan and was intended for high school. It presents a historically accurate introduction the phi, and can be used to introduce students to irrational numbers.

The Discovery of Pi - This lesson was created by Noah Ledbetter and Stacie Chastain and was intended for middle school. Students collect data and analyze it to determine the constant PI.

Pointy Polygons - This lesson was created by Noah Ledbetter and Stacie Chastain and was intended for middle school. Students are introduced to  polygons and angles.




Projects