Mathematics/Physics

Collecting Data and Graphing

 John Ramsey, Jr. Morton Career Academy 5831 W. Augusta, Apt. 2 431 N. Troy Street CHICAGO IL 60651 CHICAGO IL 60612 (773) 378-7647 (773) 534-6791

Objectives:

This is a multi-level lesson:

• To count the number of different colored cubes.
• To work in pairs cooperatively.
• To construct a graph using various data and where to plot it.
• To see the relationship of student's arm span versus height.
• To learn to use the meter stick.
• To compare data with their friends.

Materials:

2 cm. sq. interlocking cubes, graph sheets, crayons, rulers, and meter sticks.

Strategy:

• To count the colored cubes and see who has more or less of each color (Comparing).
• To sort or group the cubes by colors.
• To graph your results onto the graph paper.
• To work in pairs to measure arm span and height.
• To record your results in centimeters and inches.
• To compare your results with the rest of the class.

Performance Assessment:

To check the student's understanding of this experience with measuring arm span versus height, let the students measure each other with the meter stick. Graph another classroom with the same age as your class, to compare data. Draw conclusions can be learned form both experiments.

Conclusions:

The students will be able to become familiar with these two experiments. Also, they will learn to graph using the data they have collected and how to use a meter stick.