Community Ecology: After completing the “vital commodity” activity, SWBAT demonstrate comprehension of major concepts of community ecology through written reflection regarding the actions of their organisms.

Terrestrial Biomes: After creating a travel ad for their assigned biome, SWBAT present their poster (incorporating fractals) to the class and educate each other about the different biotic and abiotic characteristics of their biome.

Field Study: After doing extensive fieldwork, SWBAT empirically explain their environment and fractals through both qualitative and quantitative means in their field book.

Area: After discussing with groups how the are of the Koch Snowflake changes at each iteration, SWBAT write the patterns

POW: After students complete their POWs, SWBAT make a connection to perimeter, area, and the ITU

Program Exchange/iPad: After doing research on iPads, SWBAT analytically explain technology and fractals through both qualitative and quantitative means using their iPads

Sequences/Infinity: After watching a video on fractals and studying the Koch Snowflake iterative properties, SWBAT explain infinity and write recursive and explicit equations involving infinity

Ca State Standards:

6a:Students know biodiversity is the sum total of different kinds of organisms and is affected by alterations of habitats.

6b: Students know how to analyze changes in an ecosystem resulting from changes in climate, human activity, introduction of nonnative species, or changes in population size.

-Common Core Mathematical Practice # 7 – Look for and make use of structure

-Common Core: Geometry Measurement and Dimension 5: Determine how changes in dimensions affect the perimeter, area, and volume of common geometric figures and solids. (CA standard Geometry – 11.0)

-Common Core: Functions/Building Functions 2: Write arithmetic and geometric sequences both recursively and with an explicit formula, use them to model situations, and translate between the two forms


Community Ecology: Vital Commodity Lab activity with worksheet, written reflection about their animal-specific results

Terrestrial Biomes: Travel ad scoring ad Rubric

Field Study: Field Books

Unit: Ecology Written Exam, Pole to Pole Worksheet

Understanding a fractal: drawing one and iPad/Program exchange day

Sequences, area, infinity: portfolio and POW