Diving Deep Into Math

A WebQuest for 5th or 6th grade Mathematics and Science

Designed by Katie Hamrick and Sarah Dutcher

Introduction | Task | Sources | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion

Introduction

NCTM Standards

NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, Standard 5, Data Analysis and Probability, grades 3-5:  Instructional Programs should enable all students to formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize, and display relevant data to answer them –

·        represent data using tables and graphs such as line plots, bar graphs, and line graphs.

NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, Standard 5, Data Analysis and Probability, grades 6-8:  Instructional Programs should enable all students to understand and apply basic concepts of probability

·        use proportionality and a basic understanding of probability to make and test conjectures about the results of experiments and simulations.

NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, Standard 8, Communication, grades 6-8:  Instructional programs should enable all students to communicate their mathematical thinking coherently and clearly to peers, teachers, and others.

Sources

Public Broadcasting Service. (2004). Nature: Life at the edge of the sea. Retrieved November 4, 2004, from       http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/edgeofsea/

Hines, C. L. (2004). The official William Beebe web site. Retrieved November 4, 2004, from http://hometown.aol.com/chines6930/mw1/beebe1.htm

Calver, T. (2000). Discovery.com-life on the reef. Retrieved November 4, 2004, from http://www.discovery.com/exp/coralreef/coralreef.html

Eschmeyer, B., & Randall, J. (2004). Discovery channel: blue planet. Retrieved November 4, 2004, from        http://media.dsc.discovery.com/convergence/blueplanet/alert/alert.html

National Geographic Society. (2004). National geographic geography action: ocean, coast habitat. Retrieved November 4, 2004, from http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geographyaction/habitats/oceans.html

Masten, B. (2003). The incredible record-setting deep-sea dive of the Bathysphere. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc.

Process

1. Read The Incredible Record-Setting Deep-Sea Dive of the Baythsphere by Brad Matsen.

2. Create a Sea Journal.  The journal will be a small notebook with a decorated cover.  Please include your name on the inside cover.

3. Visit all of the Web sites listed in the Sources section.  Use these web sites to give you an idea of what a deep sea diver might encounter.   You will need to write at least one page in your Sea Journal on each Web site you visit.  You should record all interesting or important facts regarding life under the sea.

4. Using your Sea Journal and the Web sites, draw and color a picture of what you think you would see deep below the surface of the ocean.  You must include 20 objects in your drawing.  The objects can be living organisms such as fish, coral reefs, and plants or can be nonliving objects such as a sunken ship.

5. Using your drawing, list the 20 objects in your picture on a new page in your Sea Journal.

6. Assign each object to one of the following categories: fish, shark, crustacean, plant, coral reef, nonliving object, or miscellaneous.

7. Use the information gathered in steps 4 and 5 to create a graph in your Sea Journal.  The graph should clearly display the relationship between the number of objects in each category.

8. On the next page in your Sea Journal, find the probability that another deep sea diver would pass the same objects as you did.

9. The last section of your Sea Journal will be a glossary of terms.  List any terms you did not know previously or terms you feel are important to deep sea diving.  You must have at least 10 terms and their corresponding definitions in your Sea Journal.

Evaluation

 CATEGORY 4 3 2 1 Sea Journal Sea Journal has a unique, creative, and decorated cover and name on the inside cover. Sea Journal has a decorated cover and name on the inside cover. Sea Journal has a cover and name on the inside cover. Sea Journal is missing either (or both) a cover or name on the inside cover. Sources All five Web sites were visited, and there is ample information recorded from each site. Four Web sites were visited, and there is ample information recorded from each site. Three Web sites were visited, and there is a little information recorded from each site. Only one or two Web sites were visited, and there is not much information recorded from either site. Drawing Drawing is creative, colorful, and contains at least 20 objects. Drawing is colorful and contains at least 18 objects. Drawing contains at least 15 objects. Drawing contains fewer than 15 objects. Graph Graph is accurate, neat, and clearly displays all necessary data. Graph is fairly accurate, neat, and displays almost all of the necessary data. Graph displays some of the necessary data. Graph is hard to read and does not contain much (or any) of the necessary data. Probabilities The probability of passing each type of object is accurately and neatly recorded. The probability of passing most types of objects is accurately and neatly recorded. The probability of passing some of the types of objects is recorded. The probability of passing only a few (or none) of the types of objects is recorded. Vocabulary At least 10 terms and their corresponding definitions are accurately and neatly recorded. At lest eight terms and their corresponding definitions are accurately and neatly recorded. At least six terms and their corresponding definitions are recorded. Fewer than six terms and their corresponding definitions are recorded.

Conclusion