Bridging Modeling and Environmental Issues

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  • 1 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • | 2 Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
  • | 3 Fairhaven Middle School, Bellingham, WA

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch activity involves an urgent environmental issue that students can discuss. It engages students in the interpretation of visual data, measurements, units, and the area of regular and irregular figures.

Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
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  • Watson, TJ. 2019. “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch." YouTube video, 4:02.


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