Too Hot To Handle – Comparing Linear and Exponential Functions

What do forest fires have to do with math? Learners use their knowledge of linear and exponential functions to explore a real-world scenario involving a forest fire. The activity employs group work and discussion to assist learners as they solve problems.

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CCSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Show a video about fighting fires with connections to careers or volunteer opportunities
Classroom Considerations
  • Print handouts before the lesson to keep the activity moving quickly and smoothly
  • Assign learners to groups based on knowledge level and skill
Pros
  • Connection to real-world scenario and fire fighting engages learners
  • Higher-level thinking skills used to compare linear functions and exponential functions
Cons
  • Answer key is not included
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