Module 2 Lesson 2 - Math Basics for Modeling and the Water Pumping Base Model

Posted January 2, 2020 by wellina

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Teaching Summary

Getting Started 5 minutes

  1. Review of the previous day’s lesson and concepts. Connection to today’s lesson.

Activity #1: Math Basics for Modelling 15 minutes

  1. Review coordinates on a graph; connect coordinate system to Spaceland.
  2. Create turtles in different quadrants of Spaceland and use new blocks to make turtles move in a specific direction.

Activity #2: Inspecting the Water Pumping Model 10 minutes

  1. Identify familiar coding blocks
  2. Decode model in pairs.
  3. Optional:  connect prerequisite concept review from Lesson 1 to ask what is and is not reflected in the model.

Activity #3: Adding Slider for Evaporation Rate 15 minutes

  1. Add a slider for evaporation rate.
  2. Run an experiment using the evaporation slider.
  3. Discuss the results and relate them to the hydrologic cycle.

Wrap-Up 5 minutes (Reflection)

  1. Discuss limitations of the model and think of ways of improving it.

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