Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Teacher: Mr. Philip Malone
Class: 8th Grade Intervention Resource Room
Lesson Plan Title: Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Overview: You have wanted to take a long trip with 3 of your friends before starting college. You want it to be challenging and rewarding. Your group decides on hiking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. As a group you must research and plan your entire trip.
Concept / Topic to Teach: Distance= rate x Time, Working with money and time, Mathematics in Weather conditions
8.EE.3. Use numbers expressed in the form of a single digit times a whole-number power of 10 to estimate very large or very small quantities, and to express how many times as much one is than the other
8.EE.4. Perform operations with numbers expressed in scientific notation, including problems where both decimal and scientific notation are used. Use scientific notation and choose units of appropriate size for measurements of very large or very small quantities
8.EE.5. Graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph. Compare two different proportional relationships represented in different ways. For example, compare a distance-time graph to a distance-time equation to determine which of two moving objects has greater speed.
8.EE.8. Solve real-world and mathematical problems leading to two linear equations in two variables
Use models to analyze the size and shape of Earth, its surface and its interior (e.g., globes, topographic maps, satellite images).
Describe how landforms are created through a combination of destructive (e.g., weathering and erosion) and constructive processes (e.g., crustal deformation, volcanic eruptions and deposition of sediment).
Read, construct and interpret data in various forms produced by self and others in both written and oral form (e.g., tables, charts, maps, graphs, diagrams and symbols).
Apply appropriate math skills to interpret quantitative data (e.g., mean, median and mode).
To present a detailed plan of the hike, the plan should include but is not limited to the following:
- a budget
- a list of supplies and equipment
- plans for lodging
- a list of drop-off points
- safety precautions
- anticipated weather conditions
- a weekly estimate of mileage covered
- where your team should be on Monday morning of each week during your adventure.
Computer with Internet access
Map of Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail pamphlets
Recommended websites (not limited to these sites)
Anticipatory Set (Lead-In): Students will use a GPS unit to navigate their way around the school. Read first chapter of An Eye on the Horizon: An Appalachian Trail Odyssey by Herbert F. Eye
Plan for Independent Practice: Students will keep a journal of their “hike” each day. Students will be encouraged to be descriptive about where they are in their journey and the things that they see in the environment.
Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set): Students will present through prezi.com software the information they gathered through their entire hike.