Reflection: Debate Powerful Protein - Section 4: Wrap-up


The more I think about the mathematical practices the more I'm struck by how they apply to a host of integrated, real-world topics.  MP1, MP2 and MP3 * are the core of the kind of reflective, constantly questioning and evolving thinking that we must equip our students to do successfully, and constantly, so they can navigate th  It's incumbent upon us as teachers in the digital age to make sure that students are equipped to successfully navigate the ceaseless barrage of data and images in which they are (some of them continuously) immersed.  MP1, MP2 and MP3* are core habits of mind that should be embedded in most of what we do and these practices apply best to integrated studies, in my opinion.  Math exists in isolation for theorists and mathematicians.  For the rest of us, it's the world.  This is a simple skill lesson but it touches upon a much deeper concept - how do we know what the data we are looking at really represents?  Even something as deceptively simple as nutrition (a piece of chicken has more protein than a salad) isn't simple.  Seemingly hard facts, like grams of protein per portion, still lose meaning when taken out of context and numbers can be bent to represent many different opinions.  My job isn't to tell students which opinion is right. My job is to get them to see that even what appear to be basic facts can't always be analyzed accurately just by looking at one version of the numbers.  The debate about vegetables vs. meat has been going on for a long time and it will continue, but just the fact that the protein numbers for meat appear higher than those for, say, green vegetables isn't, actually, enough information to make an informed decision.


  Understanding "the numbers" is just the first step!
  Debate: Understanding "the numbers" is just the first step!
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Powerful Protein

Unit 10: Math and Me: Nutrition, Health and More
Lesson 3 of 7

Objective: SWBAT use an understanding of multiplication, division, grams, and portion sizes to research and round the average amount of protein in servings of common foods, including vegetables. They will represent this information on a scaled pictograph.

Big Idea: The ability to making informed decisions about nutrition is built on using multiplication, division, and an understanding of grams and portion size.

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