Students should have completed the lesson “Fight the Flu: Seeing” prior to this lesson.
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to
When most students hear the word map, they think of a map that provides location or geographical features. In fact, maps can come in different formats and can serve many different functions. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the Mapping module of the THINK app prior to implementing this lesson. You will want to identify Mapping examples related to the spread of disease as well as types of maps, such as the examples under Maps Show Hierarchy, that students may not have considered in the context of mapping.
Students will generate a list of materials needed for data collection
Part 1: Introduction to Mapping
Have each group map their data in two different ways. Discuss how the same raw data may yield different information depending upon the type of mapping strategy that is used.
Many Eyes- A data visualization tool from IBM
The Beauty of Data Visualization- The TED Talk shows how complex data sets can be turned into simple visuals to reveal hidden information.
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