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Week 1
Bio: Community Ecology
Students will be introduced to ecology through a lab activity that relates animals in a food web together with different trophic levels.
Math: Introduce big problem - "What is the area of the Koch Snowflake?"
Students will watch a YouTube video on their iPads. We will discuss the snowflake, and students will attempt to find the area of it on their own (diagnostic assessment).
Bio: Community Ecology
Students will continue and conclude community ecology activity. We will then summarize what their observations of the activity within small group discussions, and then as a class.
Math: Practice Area
Students will work on a handout - finding area of shapes on graph paper by counting the squares. They will finish the sentence starters as homework: "Area is..." and "I can find area by..."
Bio: Terrestrial Biomes
Students will learn about terrestrial biomes and fractals through creating and a "biome travel ad" poster. Students will have to work in groups to try to convince other students to visit their assigned biome.

Lesson:

Math: Finding patterns in iterations
Students will complete the following handout in groups and present ideas to the class.
see handout

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Bio: Terrestrial Biomes
Students will continue to work on the terrestrial biome travel ad posters.
Math: Sequences
Students will start to put the information they learned about area of the snowflake into sequences.
HW: finalize sequences
Bio: Terrestrial Biomes
Students must present their biome travel ad to the class and meet their rubrics requirements. Instructor will then pick the top 3 to be posted up on the walls for the remainder of the year.
Math: POW: Circular Pastures (perimeter/area)
Students area assigned the Problem of the Week - to be turned in at the end of the unit. This POW deepens the students' understanding of the basic understandings of perimeter and area.
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Week 2
Bio: Field Study
The entire class will explore campus and record empirical ecological data. They must record 10 different biotic and/or abiotic species, which must be fractals, and then make one colored illustration of a specimen in their labortaory notebooks.



Math: iPad day - look up fractals
They will research on their iPads how fractals are used in mathematics, and prepare what they will teach the biology students.

On this day, both classes will be told who they will teach and learn from during the exchange days.
Also, they will be given the rubric of our expectations for the poster presentation.
Bio/math program exchange day
Howe: Students with last names A-M will go with Mr. Dolnik's class to learn about fractals through a campus field student. They will be responsible for recording 5 biotic or abiotic specimens, 3 fractals, and drawing at least one specimen. They will record all this in their field books they will make.
Students N-Z will stay in class and teach Mr. Dolnik's students how to use the iPad, and how to find look up fractals

Dolnik: Students with last names A-M will teach Howee student's (last names A-M) how to do the field study activity. They are to teach them what they learned the previous day and assist them.
Students N-Z will go to ms. Howee's class where her students will teach them how to use the iPad and look up fractals.
Bio/math program exchange day
Howe: Students with last names N-Z will go with Mr. Dolnik's class to learn about fractals through a campus field student. They will be responsible for recording 5 biotic or abiotic specimens, 3 fractals, and drawing at least one specimen. They will record all this in their field books they will make.
Students A-M will stay in class and teach Mr. Dolnik's students how to use the iPad, and how to find look up fractals

Dolnik: Students with last names N-Z will teach Howee student's (last names N-Z) how to do the field study activity. They are to teach them what they learned the previous day and assist them.
Students A-M will go to ms. Howee's class where her students will teach them how to use the iPad and look up fractals
Bio/Math:
Students will be in groups of four, 2 students from Mr. Dolnik's class and 2 from Ms. Howe's class. They will design a poster showing what they learned during the program exchange.

HW: Finish poster and organize portfolios.
Bio/Math: Gallery Walk
Groups present posters - students walk around and peer evaluate others. Then, there will be an informal Socratic seminar based on the reflection questions for the portfolio, including what the students learned from the interactions during the exchange days