Reflection: Lesson Planning Modeling with Predator/Prey Populations - Section 2: Constructing a Model


This lesson connects nicely to the class poster discussion in a previous lesson.  In that activity, the students recognized that they could model a sine function as a cosine function, and visa versa.  Asking the students to discover this through the fox/rabbit investigation would have probably been too much for them to handle at once, and this is why I scaffolded for it in advance of this lesson.  Seeing it for a second time allows the students to recognize when it shows up in their collaboration, plus shows them a real application of the concept.  

  A "take away" from the class poster discussion
  Lesson Planning: A "take away" from the class poster discussion
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Modeling with Predator/Prey Populations

Unit 7: Trig Tidbits
Lesson 10 of 16

Objective: Students will be able to practice math modeling while applying a trig function to the population of rabbits and foxes.

Big Idea: Students act as wildlife biologists and discover the "periodic" connection between rabbits and fox!

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