Read The Celebrated Jumping Frog to the students.
Distribute a cotton ball to each student. This cotton ball will be each student's "frog." Distribute the The Celebrated Jumping Frog Activity Sheet to each student.
Jumping Frog Activity Sheet
Demonstrate how to place the frog on a large paper clip that has
been slightly spread apart, and make it "jump." By placing the frog on
the smaller end and pushing down on the elevated large end, the player
can usually make the frog hop over her or his finger. Also demonstrate
how to record the distances in centimeters on the activity sheet.
Allow the students to practice jumping their frog a few times.
Then, divide the students into small groups and show them how to set up
a track with a starting line and a course for the official distance.
Guide the students as they work in small groups to simulate the
frog jump and record the data on their chart. The "Total Distance" is
the sum of the three jumps, but the "Official Distance" is the
straight-line distance from the starting line to the position of the
Discuss the variations from the median of the group for each
player and compare the medians and ranges for the total distance with
those for the official distance.
- Silverman, Helene. "IDEAS: Games, Measurement, and Statistics." The Arithmetic Teacher. April, 1990, pp. 27 - 32.
- Twain, Mark. "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches. New York: C.H. Webb, 1987.