Students examine the USA TODAY Snapshot™ "More of U.S.", construct a graph from the data, produce a mathematical model (linear) for the data, determine the rate of change for the data, and make predictions about future population levels.
Before the Activity
See the attached Teacher Edition PDF file for notes and guidelines for this activity. The Technology Guide PDF file includes step-by-step calculator instructions with screen shots.
If you are using the TI-Navigator™ Classroom Learning System, see the TI-Navigator Basic Skills Guide PDF file for information on how the system can be integrated into your activity.
During the Activity
Build and analyze a population growth model for the United States
Predict future data from a mathematical model
Name independent and dependent variables
Make recommendations about the future based on population data
Distribute the Student Edition PDF file to your class
Follow the activity procedures outlined in the student document
You may use the Transparency PDF file to display a large image of the USA TODAY graphic during the activity
After the Activity
Distribute the assessment questions or send the attached LearningCheck™ assessment to your class to gauge student understanding of the concepts presented in the activity.
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