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Preparing for the TASC: Teaching Evolution Through Mathematics (Life Scienc...
Fri, April 28, 2017, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Note: These workshops are led by NYSED Teacher Leaders and can be taken as stand-alone professional development, but content and teaching strategies will connect across workshops, so teachers will benefit from attending multiple sessions. Teachers will leave with materials ready for the classroom.
Life Science: Teaching Evolution Through Mathematics
The different subjects of the TASC are no longer separate. The TASC science test
includes math and allows calculator use. The TASC math test also includes science
context. It’s important for students to think about science in a math context and math in a
This session focuses on mathematical connections that can be made through teaching
evolution. Math topics in the Evolution curriculum include an exploration of big numbers,
scale and increments on a timeline (the history of life on Earth), problem solving and
exponential growth (population growth and the struggle for existence), graphing
(peppered moths in Industrial England), and measurement (Darwin’s Finches). This
session will model one of those activities as we explore how mathematics can be used to
build scientific content knowledge.
Current forms of the TASC test increase the emphasis on Life Sciences, which now
comprises half of the science test. Common ancestry and evolution through natural
selection are foundational understandings in biology, but we haven’t always had
teaching materials well suited to adult classrooms. To address this need, CUNY has
developed a new lesson set, Evolution: Unity and Diversity, that focuses on the central
pieces of Darwin’s theory, including inheritance of traits, evidence of common ancestry,
natural selection and adaptation.
Videos: Teaching Science through Math
• All NYC RAEN workshops are for teachers/staff of NYSED-funded adult education programs.
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