Reflection: Complex Tasks How Much Freshwater Does Earth Have? - Section 3: Explain: Graph The Data


Math practices in science involve complex tasks. Math helps scientists find relationships between an experiment hypothesis and the data collected. When you practice math, you are helping to improve your science skills. A complex task adds rigor and critical thinking to the learning, while organizing your students to generate and test hypotheses.

When students measure to develop a model, they use appropriate tools strategically (MP#5) such as a beaker and graduated cylinder. When students create a pie chart, it represents the model that they developed from an inquiry. To create a pie chart, students use appropriate tools strategically (MP#5) such as a compass and protractor. The use of tools in science requires precision (MP#6).

Incorporate complex tasks to develop critical thinking. Bring rigor the the learning environment.

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How Much Freshwater Does Earth Have?

Unit 9: Earth's Resources
Lesson 2 of 4

Objective: SWBAT make a model to understand the quantity of freshwater on Earth. SWBAT create, apply, and analyze a pie chart to communicate that freshwater is scarce.

Big Idea: Water, water, everywhere....make a model and investigate to find out how much freshwater is available on Earth and how to use this resource wisely.

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