By the end of this lesson students will utilize their understanding of basic algebraic equations to write a simple equation from a situational problem and solve the problem using multiple representations (algebraically, tabular, graphical, and written). Students will also be able to complete basic research to find data and apply that data in a modeling situation on the migration of the Monarch Butterfly. Students will also focus on communicating their findings in written form.
Students will apply their abilities to solve simple equations to a situational problem regarding butterfly migration, by researching the butterfly and its migration habits, and submitting the google doc with their findings.
Watch the following videos:
Discovery Life video on Monarch Winter Migration
New York Times video on Monarch Butterfly Migration
Source: New York Times
Go to the following site in a new window to research how far monarchs fly from California to Mexico and how far they fly on average a day while migrating.
Source: Monarch Watch