"Rumors" Teacher Support


Rumors Archived PoW || Student Version

Rumors is no longer the current ESCOT Problem of the Week. The student version allows teachers to use the problem with their students without giving the students access to the archived answers. Teachers can use the link to the archived problem to get ideas of student thinking.

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Rumors asks students to compare the difference in rates of growth of rumors in a population between a controlled situation and a real-life situation. Given the controlled situation graph, the students are asked to predict how the real-life situation will look in a graph.

This ESCOT PoW could be used to introduce and/or reinforce concepts of linear, step, and exponential functions. Often students don't understand the importance that the constant of time plays in a linear function. This exercise could also be used to compare controlled results vs. real-life results.

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Alignment to the NCTM Standards - Grades 6-8

    - understand patterns, relations, and functions

    - use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems

    Problem Solving
    - solve problems that arise in mathematics and in other contexts

    - communicate mathematical thinking coherently and clearly to peers, teachers, and others
    - use the language of mathematics to express mathematical ideas precisely

    - recognize and apply mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics

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