When we continued our math learning about data, my students were ready! After I shared what the numbers really meant, I asked my class, "What else can we learn about our class? What else do you want to know?" Hand shot up. Some of their questions: How many teeth have we lost? Who wears earrings? What color hair do people have?
I announced that they would now work with a partner (that I had picked based on their learning needs and work habits) to decide on what kind of data they would collect and how they would collect it. Then I gave them this page to organize their thinking.
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Students immediately set to work as Data Detectives!
Then they began collecting data by questioning their classmates. What I was most interested to see was how they recorded their data. Would they use tally marks, make a graph, draw pictures? I hadn't mentioned any strategies yet; I wanted to see what they knew. Here's what they did...
|Some students recorded numbers.|
|Some students recorded words.|
|Some students recorded data through pictures.|