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Introduction | Learners | Standards | Process | Resources | Evaluation | Conclusions

 

Introduction

This lesson was developed as part of the Warrensburg, Missouri School District's WebQuest Academy project, a State funded Competitive Technology Grant.

This lesson is designed to demonstrate to the learner the value of fractals seen through the exploration of the WEB. Students will develop an understanding of the meaning of a fractal and why we use them. Students will become more proficient with the computer and the graphic calculator.

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 Learners

This lesson is anchored for high school students. The lesson involves writing skills, presentation skills and mathematics.

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Curriculum Standards

Students will learn as a result of this lesson the following:

THE SHOW -ME STANDARDS

Mathematics Standards Addressed

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

 

 

 

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Process

Refer to the process description given to students in the Students Pages.

The floating fractal program ( a mac application )is available at http://www.shareware.com.

This program can also be downloaded by clicking here

 

 

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Resources Needed

 

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Evaluation

The scoring guide below is provided to evaluate the student's performance. Roles 1,2,and 3 are ask to write a letter to their newspaper and describe what a fractal is, how are fractal made and why we need to understand fractals. These students will give a presentation and report their findings about their topics. Role 4 will copy and run the calculator program "fractal". This group will give a presentation over the program and show their programs to the group. Role 5 will use the software program to draw pictures of fractals. This group will give a presentation and show their drawings to the group. Role 6 will generate their own fractal design. This group will give a presentation and explain the process of the generator they chose to use. There will be a common grade for the group.

Fractal Project Rubric
Evaluator: Topics:
Students:
 
Preliminary Work Inc. Poor Avg. Good Excellent

Students completed letters to the newspaper .

Students were able to run the fractal program on the TI-83 calculator.

Students were able to draw pictures of fractal from software program.

Students were able to generate their own fractal design.

1 3 5 7 10
Students used primary and secondary research which included factual and interesting information. 1 3 5 7 10
Students included a minimum of __2___ different resources. 1 3 5 7 10
Students created a running bibliography. 1 3 5 7 10
Students asked for permission of any copyrighted material. 1 3 5 7 10
Content
Information is relevant and interesting 1 3 5 7 10
Students have used creativity in the design. 1 3 5 7 10
Students have used correct punctuation, complete sentences, grammar and spelling. 1 3 5 7 10
Students showed complete understanding of presented material. 1 3 5 7 10
Students used knowledge of file size manipulation to control the size of the presentation. 1 3 5 7 10
Students have labeled necessary video, graphics, maps for further understanding. 1 3 5 7 10
Presentation
The presentation is fluent from beginning to end. 1 3 5 7 10
Students shared responsibilities of presentation. 1 3 5 7 10
Total: ________

 

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Conclusion

This lesson is designed to demonstrate to the learner the value of fractals seen through the exploration of the WEB. Students will develop an understanding of the meaning of a fractal and why we use them. Students will become more proficient with the computer and the graphic calculator.

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