Nano: the Greatest Power by the smallest scale

Rima J Solh, Math, Southwest Middle School

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


8th grade students will learn about nanotechnology, its daily impact factors, and its multidisciplinary application. Because of the tremendous impact of this discipline, I have planned to use Nanotechnology education to teach two math skills. Students will apply Nano education on solving problems scientific notation numbers, using the measures of nanoparticles and Nano time. We will also apply it on another math content: volume and surface area. In both cases, Students should be able to apply the literacy impact on mathematics when they gather evidence to support a claim and defend that claim in an argumentative essay.  Because it is a new subject to them, they will be reading articles about it.  As the reading progresses, students will be formulating their opinions on its impact and the products evolving out of it, and the measurement scale used.   Our principal is a big advocate of literacy and his main focus this year in the school’s improvement plan is to incorporate a literacy skill in each lesson, project, and unit planning. As a result, I have planned the assessments of this unit as an argumentative essay, reflections questions on videos and articles, scientific inquiry activity, and a project with a choice of two options.