Teaching Decision Making in
Grades 6, 7, & 8
Integrating Science, Math, Decision Theory, Statistics,
Geography, and Reading to Develop Student Decision Making Skills
Developed by Teachers at Texas
College Station Independent School District
with funding from
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Science: students use critical thinking and scientific method to make informed decisions. Students learn weather and climate (weather longer than two weeks) principles and apply these principles in a decision-making context.
Math: students learn to identify and apply mathematics to everyday experiences, develop and use a problem-solving model, select or develop an appropriate problem-solving strategy, and then apply multiplication, division, and addition to correctly use the model.
Reading: students learn to draw inferences, answer different types and levels of question, offer observations, raise questions, and interpret text through journal writing and discussion.
Statistics: students make inferences and convincing arguments based on an analysis of the problem using probabilities and expected value.
Decision Theory: students learn to build decision models through using decision trees and the proper use and interpretation of decision tree models.
Geography: students utilize maps to acquire, process, and report climate and weather variability information from a spatial aspect.
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