Project Save The Earth is a collaboration between art, math, English, physics, and Spanish, focused around the challenge of saving the planet from environmental catastrophe. The project culminated in a shared exhibition, but each class created its own final products (you can see the project sheet here). This page focuses on math, where students used exponential equations to model the population decline of an endangered species, research their past population change, modeling it mathematically, and making predictions about the population in years to come.
Final Product: a poster displaying your findings.
Suggested Duration: Eight weeks
Created with the support of the California Department of Education California Career Pathways Trust
Students used exponential equations to model the population decline of a specific endangered species, researching their population over the past several years, modeling the change graphically, and using this to make predictions about the population in years to come. They then created posters in order to display their findings.
This project focused on the specific consequences of not taking steps to minimize our impact on the Earth, by focusing on endangered animals. To develop care, students chose an endangered animal to research in depth.
To help students conceptualize their poster design, we watched two National Geographic videos. After watching the videos, students identified how ethos, pathos, logos, and design principles were used to help make the video informative and inspire the audience to make change.
Students did background research on their endangered animal to help them create a first draft of their poster. Students used design principle they have learned in their class, Fundamental of Design, to create dynamic poster to display the information they researched. Students will then create a second draft of their poster that will incorporate the exponential content into their poster.
Students engaged in three peer critique cycles to help improve their final product. The first round of feedback called for students to use the project rubric to grade their peer’s poster and provided written feedback on what can be done to improve the quality of the poster. The second round of critique is in the form of a digital gallery walk where students will provide feedback on the first draft of the poster. Students will provide critique a third time after students revise their poster and incorporate the exponential content.
More Math PBL Essentials:
- Math Portfolios
- Oceanside Rising
- The Football Project
- The Math Exhibition Project
- The Mathematics of Risk
- The Mathiness of Truthiness
- Triangle Centers Portfolio Project