Unit Plan

Down on Sue's Farm

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When would a farmer use math? Class members work through five tasks on a farm that require knowledge of surface area, volume, and determining regression equations. The challenges range from figuring out the amount of paint to buy, finding the volume of a shed and pool, calculating the amount of hay produced, and finding out whether there is enough corn to feed the cows.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Invite a farmer to present on how they use mathematics on a regular basis 
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes the class has experience with finding volume and surface area of three-dimensional figures
  • Requires knowledge of finding linear regressions
  • Includes answer documents
  • Contains information to set up each task
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