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!



  1. I LOVE this! Definitely going to use this one next year. What about as an extension making a board with more spaces and having them use their line of best fit to help figure out how much the spaces should cost? Just a thought..thanks for posting!

    1. That is a great idea for an extension! I love that website and have already got a couple of new activities planned for the first week from it.


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