Monday, July 28, 2014

Monopoly Scatter Plot

Scatter Plots are something that kids actually "get" and have fun doing. During this unit we get data and graph and interpret anything we can get our hands on! I start the unit with this hand and arm span activity. It always gets them interested. Still amazes me how much fun they have measuring!
In my search for more activities, I found this amazing resource. The name says it all! Yummy! We did "Do teams that spend a lot win a lot?" and they wanted more yummy math! Late in May and getting antsy, we needed art! Monopoly Scatter Plots was the perfect end to this unit!
This activity asks if there is a correlation between the property's distance from GO and its rent when you land on it. I had them graph without giving the list of properties. I also changed up the questions a little to fit our standards. We opened with a great talk about independent and dependent variables, their predictions and setting up the graph. They plotted each property, drew a line of best fit, and used it to answer questions about correlation, outliers, make an equation and to make conjecture about additional spaces on the board.

After all of the work was done, I gave them a blank board and they designed it however they wanted. We had lots of sports boards, candy boards, and their names all over boards! Only 1 math theme board out of all my classes!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Hello, July!


How did July happen so fast?! I have been spending my summer on the beach and at the ballpark! It has been To Do List...not so much! I have been reading lots of blogs though and came across this super fun "Currently" linky. Thanks to Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for doing this every month....I am a little late to the party this month!

Happy summer!

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