Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fun Tally Table Activity and a little Rest

      Oh my, how does everyone fine the time to teach, blog, and be a parent. Seriously, I have been working so hard to understand benchmarks, gather material, and teach it explicitly that I'm exhausted. I really figured that out today. We had a day off from school and I did not wake up until 11am. Good thing my mini me's (my twin daughters) were able to staple my papers together.

Starting off. Those are our Math Notebooks and Reader Response
 Journals in the blue bucket
Anyway, I wanted to share a fun activity my class did as we worked on MA.3.S.7.1. The students were placed in groups of 4 or 5 and each student was given a random amount of fruit loops. I told them they could only touch their own fruit loops. The students were told they needed to create  a tally table regarding the amount of each color fruit loop their group had. I seen and heard many mathematical practices being used during this time. The thinking process was evident also. Some groups immediately started to discuss how they needed to go about finding out how many each person had then add them all together. Some groups only focused on the individual count and lacked communication with the group. This slowed them up, but they eventually got on track. The students then had to transfer the data to a frequency table, create 2 questions about their data for the other groups, and explain how they created the tables.
Adding their totals together.

Making the tally table.
The students transfererd the information from the tally table to a frequency table.


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