Northwestern Crows—Whelk-Come to Mathematics

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Learn as the crow flies—here's your most direct route to introduce mathematical modeling to your scholars. The first of a four-part series introduces a situation of birds dropping mollusks from a specific height to the class. Class members think about the situation and respond to questions about how they can determine whether there is a minimum or maximum height needed to break open the shells. They also consider the number of drops.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Bring in mollusk shells to show the class how hard they are
  • Research other animals that eat mollusks and how they break them
Classroom Considerations

  • Individuals should be familiar with statistical process and running experiments or simulations

  • Includes a video of a crow dropping a shell
  • Contains sample answers to discussion questions

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