• Rationale:
Our goal is for the students to see the connections between biology, math, and real-life. When students can use practical applications in one content to another, or what they learn in school to the real world, they will be more engaged. Fractals range from very basic to complex, leaving us the ability to differentiate for the diverse students in our classrooms. Also, our theme appeals to different types of learners because fractals are visually stunning, can be created kinesthetically, and can be verbally analyzed quite easily. Focused in math and biology, this unit plan will strive to allow students the time to make meaningful connections to the contents and the world around us.

  • Enduring Understanding:
The Unit:
In our everyday lives, we encounter patterns. We want our students to gain the ability to decipher these patterns and understand why they originated and what the pattern means.

Math:
We want students to be able to measure and study the sequences associated with fractals, what their equations are, and grasp the idea of infinity.

Biology:
We want students to use empirical evidence to quantify and qualify their observations of fractals in nature.

  • Essential Questions:
The Unit:
How can man-made and natural patterns help me to make connections to the world around me?

Math:
What are the patterns of fractal development and how can we describe them using Geometry/Algebra?
How can I generalize/simplify a seemingly complex fractal?

Biology:
How can biology help me understand the world around me?
What are some ways in which understanding fractals will help me assess the environment?