activity focuses on numbers that are familiar to students. The
activity sheet serves as a way to introduce students to the teacher and
to each other.
Ask each student to bring in a recent photograph of herself or himself to mount on the activity sheet. Distribute a copy of the Numbers and Me Activity Sheet to each student.
Numbers and Me Activity Sheet
Have the students fill in the personal information just below the section for the photograph.
Direct the students to fill in the "More About Me" section at the
bottom of the activity sheet. You may need to help the students
determine their height and shoe size.
Then, divide the class into small cooperative learning groups,
and have each student in the group share his or her data from the "More
About Me" section. As a group, they can draw conclusions about their
data, such as, "None of us have pets," or, "Each of us has at least
two brothers or sisters." As students are having discussions about
their information, circulate and ask probing questions to groups that
are having difficulty.
As a class, discuss the observations made by each group, and
determine if they are applicable to the entire class. For instance, if
a group makes the claim, "We are all between 44 and 48 inches tall,"
determine if that statement is also true for the entire class.
To conclude the lesson, use the Bar Grapher tool to create a bar graph of the class data for Item # 1 under the "More About Me" section.
For example, the horizontal axis could represent the number of
people per household, and the vertical axis could represent the number
of students with that response.
Students may also individually record the class graph on grid paper.
Lead a class discussion in which students make comparisons and draw conclusions based upon the data presented in the bar graph.
Dianne Bankard and Francis (Skip) Fennell. The Arithmetic Teacher. September, 1991. pp 26 - 33.