Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Do you believe in Leprechauns?

Today in math our learning targets were:
1) I will collect data
2) I will create a bar graph

To have a wee bit of fun with these targets, we started by enjoying the story, The Luckiest Leprechaun: A Tail-Wagging Tale of Friendship. After reading the story, we talked just a wee bit about leprechauns and then I introduced our targets for the day along with the data collecting sheet we were going to use.

Our question for the day was: "Do you believe in leprechauns? Yes? No? or Maybe?" We started by asking everyone in our class and recording their information.

Our data was interesting and we found out that more of us believed in leprechauns than not. We were curious however if that would hold true if we asked others so each kiddo thought of someone in the building that they wanted to interview. Partner then headed off together to interview their people. We interviewed everyone from Mrs. Birr, to Mr. Sufka, to our newest Golden Apple teacher, Mr. Hendricks! 

When everyone got back from collecting their data we talked about the next step which was to create a bar graph of our information. We then analyzed our data and discovered that most people believed in leprechauns. We also looked more carefully at our data and compared information to find the differences. Some student's graphs showed that 9 more people believed in leprechauns than not.

Ask your child who they interviewed today and what their graph told them.

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