Aussie fir tree unit (algebra)

The Aussie Fir Tree task is a culminating Common Core-aligned task for a 2-3 week unit on algebra that uses the investigation of growing patterns as a vehicle to teach students to visualize, identify and describe real world mathematical relationships. Students who demonstrate mastery of the unit are able to solve the Aussie Fir Tree task in one class period. This task asks students to recognize geometric patterns, visualize and extend the pattern, generate a non-linear sequence, develop and algebraic generalization that models the growth of a quadratic function and verify the inverse relationship of the quadratic relationship.

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