Date
Resource Type
Lesson
Region
Antarctic
Completion Time
About 1 period
Grade
High school and Up
Permission
Download and Share
Location
Antarctica
Author(s)
Bridget Ward
Heather Liwanag
Related Members
Materials
Weddell seal pup data cards
Weddell seal pup student worksheet
Growing Up on Ice Lesson Intro PPT
Weddell seal pup data for statistics or computer science
Topic
Life Science
Earth Science
Environmental Studies
Polar Science

Overview

This is a STEM-based lesson. Students will analyze Weddell seal pup growth data, collected by the Growing Up on Ice, B-030, research team.

Objectives

This lesson is Algebra 1 based. Students will apply skills to:

  1. Analyze data
  2. Represent and solve equations graphically
  3. Draw a line of best fit
  4. Write equations based on data
  5. Construct a graph including title, labeling axis, plotting data

Lesson Preparation

  • Provide students with PDF of Weddell seal pups data cards (in Lesson Materials) for each group.
  • Print copies of worksheets for class (if virtual omit graphing section or use web application.
  • Color pencils/markers, rulers, calculators may be useful. If using for stats class or computer apps class modify Excel file, it contains answers.

Procedure

  • Students should be divided into groups of four (though activity can be modified to work in smaller groups or alone).
  • Provide each student with a worksheet, questions 1-7 are answered without Weddell seal pup data cards. The data cards include the data to construct graphs.

Extension

  • Microsoft Excel: Students can use data to construct graphs in Excel.
  • Students can insert trend lines and calculate slope and y-intercept and interpret what each means. Slope being growth rate and y-intercept, being predicted size at birth.
  • Statistics students can evaluate if these equations are “acceptable” and support their claim with evidence.

Transferability

Data can be used to build models of Weddell seal pups growing.

Resources

  • Additional information about Weddell seals along with maps where data were collected can be found at https://icyseals.com/education
  • Lesson Materials include data, graphs, trendlines, and R2 values.

Assessment

Student worksheets including graph construction will be assessed.

Author/Credits

Bridget Ward, PolarTREC Teacher 2019
Springfield Central High School
Springfield, MA
bridgetlward [at] yahoo.com

Dr. Heather Liwanag
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA
hliwanag [at] calpoly.edu

Standards
9-12
Standards Other

Massachusetts Mathematics Frameworks: A-SSE A., A-CED, A-REI
NGSS Practices: Developing and Using Models, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking, Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

Polar-ICE: 1D Polar climates create different living conditions.
4C The Antarctic food web is simple and dependent on ice.

Attachment Size
Full Lesson12.27 MB 12.27 MB
Download Slideshow - Lesson Introduction9.97 MB 9.97 MB
Lesson Material -Student Handouts137.3 KB 137.3 KB
Download Weddell seal pup data 43.1 KB 43.1 KB