This lesson was created by School Library Media Specialist, Pam Harland, and Math teachers Rebecca Hanna and Carissa Maskwa to model text-based inquiry in STEM. Over the course of the unit, students will explore a variety of texts and grow in their knowledge of fractals, city design, and ability to use informational text to support their inquiry and research.The unit was created in year two of the School Librarians Advancing STEM Learning (SLASL) project, led by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management (ISKME) in partnership with Granite State University, New Hampshire, and funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
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Jaime Newell on Oct 21, 01:52pm

Fractals are so interesting and I like that students can see that there is literacy in math and that people DO write about math! I think it is very important for students to see that literacy applies to all subjects, even the ones that are mainly numbers.

Robin Maloney on Oct 10, 05:24pm

Fascinating topic. First heard of it in a TED lecture and I was hooked. As an anthropologist I like your Day 2 activities. Have to check out the Mathigon program and share it with my team. Also like the real world application of city design (having spent yesterday dealing with Boston's crazy maze of one-way streets.) I'm sure the students enjoyed this unit.

Jeanna Wagner on Sep 23, 05:17pm

I enjoyed reading through the plans and exploring the various resources that you linked to. In fact, I plan to share this with our Geometry teachers. I love the authenticity of this project and would love to see some of the student work. I also agree with the assessment that it would be instructive to show students an overlay of modern-day Washington DC as well. Good stuff!



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