Epidemics: Modelling with Mathematics

The Black Death epidemic is responsible for more than one million deaths in the United Kingdom. An inquiry-based activity has young scholars explore the rate of disease spread. They then analyze graphs showing data from epidemics such as Black Death.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils complete a section independently and then compare with a partner; discuss and rectify discrepancies
  • Review independent and dependent variables in relation to a line graph
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a basic understanding of the concept of an epidemic and its result on a population
Pros
  • Connects mathematics with a real-life situation
  • Incorporates several mathematics topics in one task
Cons
  • None
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