Unit 1:

Modeling with Functions

How can we model real life situations?
5 weeks

Unit one is about the descriptive, not the quantitative.  This unit is about seeing relationships between variables in different ways, recognizing that there is a special kind of relationship we call a function, and understanding properties that are special to functions of all different types. The unit studies relationships between different variables and how to represent these in a variety of different ways—especially with graphs and tables (equations are not emphasized until Unit 2). We also introduce unit conversions repeatedly during the the unit so that students come to see converting units as foundational to understanding relationships between different quantities.

Essential Questions:

  • How can we model real life situations?
  • How can we use multiple representations to make sense of the world?
  • How do we measure change?
Printable Unit plan
  • Algebra I Unit Plan for Unit 1
    Algebra I Unit Plan for Unit 1

    This is a printable version of the entire unit plan. You can make a copy of it and edit it or download and print it as needed.

Unit Outline

10 Components

Every unit begins with an Initial Task and ends with a Balanced Assessment, both focusing on core mathematics of the unit. The core mathematics is developed through a series of resources around Big Ideas; as you move through the unit, keep students focused on how these ideas are connected and how they address mathematical problem solving. Before attempting the Balanced Assessment, students have an opportunity to synthesize their knowledge through a multi-day Formative Assessment Lesson and teacher-designed re-engagement lessons.

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