The first few weeks in January I did a unit on
Data Management and Analysis in math. One of
the activities involved circle graphs. We began
by discussing how circle graphs were useful for
showing data. Also a connection was made in
that fractions are useful for showing parts of the
whole. We discussed how students spend a
typical school day. Students listed how they
spend 24 hours of a day and prepared a circle
graph that provides a visual record of data.
Students used fractions to describe the amount
of time spent in each category.
We then discussed:
GAMES: Students love games and there is no better game than one that prompts students to develop their own grame. The lesson I did with my grade five class involved discussing possible outcomes on a die and how some outcomes are equally likely. In pairs, the students were given two dice and allowed time to make a list of possible sums when rolling the two dice. Students were encouraged to use the language of probability when discussing the outcomes. Students then played the Random Removal Game (Math Quest 2000, Grade 5). This game focuses students' attention on how often various sums for two dice are likely to occur.
Materials: 15 counters per player; 2 dice.
Goal: To remove all your counters first.
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