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Tree Lizards Standard: 7.EE.4a Use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities. Photo by Tom Brennam www.reptilezofaz.com

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Youre a research biologist interested in conserving the tree lizard species. Photo by Tom Brennam www.reptilezofaz.com

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Example A: 5 adults, 4 women Each lays 3 eggs How many of the offspring (babies) do you think will survive? 2/3 of the offspring will survive How many lizards will there be next year?

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Example A Continued… 5 adults, 4 females, 3 eggs per female, 2/3 eggs survive 5 + (4 x 3) x 2/3 = 5 + 12 x 2/3 5 + 24/3 5 + 8 = 13 lizards

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Practice Problem 1: 8 adults, 4 female, each female lays 5 eggs, ½ eggs survive Write an equation Find next years population

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Practice Problem 1: 8 adults, 4 female, each female lays 5 eggs, ½ eggs survive 8 + (4 x 5) x ½ 8 + 20 x ½ 8 + 20/2 8 + 10 = 18 lizards

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Think about it… Reality Check! How do you really know the number of eggs that survive in the wild? A real research biologist would catch the lizards one year and come back a year later and count them again.

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Practice Problem 2: 4 adult lizards, 2 female, each female lays 5 eggs Next year you find 12 lizards. What fraction of the eggs survived? Write an equation with x representing the fraction of eggs that survive. The solve for x.

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Practice Problem 2: 4 adult lizards, 2 female, each female lays 5 eggs 12 lizards are found the following year 4 + (2 5) X = 12 4 + 10X = 12 10X = 12 – 4 10X = 8 X = 8/10 or 4/5

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Closure: What mistake did the researcher make? 3 adult lizards, 2 female, each female lays 4 eggs 10 lizards are found the following year 3 + (2 4) X = 10 3 + 8X = 10 11X = 10 X = 10/11

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Extension: What happens if some of the adult lizards die? How would you change your equation?

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