Document Type

Lesson Plan

Publication Date

Summer 2013


Objectives: Students will be able to use a model of a zombie outbreak to collect data, organize data on an Excel sheet, create a scatter plot with data, and analyze/interpret what the created graphs mean, as well as a couple sample graphs. It seeks to answer the question, “What is the projected human casualty rate?”

Main Activity: Students will run the model on Agentsheets to collect raw data, then record that data onto an Excel sheet, and plot graphs of the data to identify patterns.

Science and Engineering Practices: lesson outline as utilized with this model

1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
2. Developing and using models
3. Planning and carrying out investigations
4. Analyzing and interpreting data
5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
7. Engaging in argument from evidence
8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Cross Cutting Themes:

1. System Model
2. Stability and Change
3. Patterns
4. Scale Proportion and Quantity

Biology and Math Standards:

1. Living Environment Performance Indicator 5.2: Viral/disease growth in a population
2. Living Environment Performance Indicator 6.1g: Predator/Prey relationship
3. Living Environment Performance Indicator 3.1: Survival of the Fittest
4. CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4: Model with mathematics.
5. CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-ID.A.3 Interpret differences in shape, center, and spread in the context of the data sets, accounting for possible effects of extreme data points (outliers).
6. CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-IC.B.6 Evaluate reports based on data.

The primary file is a lesson plan, accompanied by supplemental files.

In the supplemental zipped files, you will find:

  1. Student worksheets
  2. Lesson plan
  3. Powerpoint presentations


Questions, comments or suggestions about this model may be sent to:

Dr. Leigh Little, The College at Brockport (2301 kB)
Lesson Plan and supplemental content

Tools used

Agent Sheets, Excel

Grade Level