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Workshop 6 Exponential Functions Lesson Plans
Lesson Plans:


Lesson Plan 1: Overrun by Skeeters - Exponential Growth

Lesson Plan 2: Bigger and Smaller - Exponent Rules
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Lesson Plan 1: Overrun by Skeeters - Exponential Growth

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This lesson provides students with an introduction to exponential functions. The class first explores the world population since 1650. Students then conduct a simulation in which a population grows at a random yet predictable rate. Both situations are examples of exponential growth.

Time Allotment:
Two 50-minute class periods

Subject Matter:
Exponential functions

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
  • Compare and contrast linear and exponential functions.
  • Use a simulation to explore population growth.
  • Describe the graphs of exponential functions.

Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), 2000.

NCTM Algebra Standard for Grades 6-8

NCTM Algebra Standard for Grades 9-12

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