```To Classify Beans And PeasGwendolyn Williams             Adam Clayton Powell                               7530 South Shore Drive                               Chicago IL 60649                               (312) 535-6651Objectives:

The students will be able to record information on their bar graph and
interpret the information given.  To identify five different kinds of beans
and three different kinds of peas.

Materials needed:

ruler                     bag of mixed beans and peas
data sheet                pre-labeled bar graph sheet
paper plate               box of crayons or markers

Strategy:

Divide the children in groups of four.  Ask the children to sort the beans
by size or shape to get a feel for grouping.  Hand out graph sheets and have
each group record their results.  Make a bar graph with the whole class and
put the beans or peas on it according to type.  Use the following questions in
a class group discussion:
1.  What does it mean to observe something?
2.  What does grouping mean?
3.  What does it mean to record something?
4.  How many different kinds of beans or peas were in your bag?
5.  Which bean or pea did you have more of?
6.  Which bean or pea did you have the least of?
7.  How many beans and peas did you have in all?
8.  What are the differences between beans and peas?
9.  Which two beans or peas did you have equal amounts of?
10.  What is the difference between the largest amount of beans or
peas and the least amount of beans or peas?

Conclusions:

The students will realize that the skills they have acquired will be useful
in many areas besides mathematics.  Other disciplines that utilize graphs
are science, geography, economics, and computers.
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