This video was particularly interesting to me because it did not show students solving a problem, but teachers in a teaching clinic. I believe that it is important for teachers to take time to understand how students might think through the material given to them. This clip showed how teachers had to measure and account for variation in their measurements. This is a conception that students will struggle with in the field of measurement, and is therefore important for teachers to understand the struggle themselves. If I were to do this activity with my students, I would do the activity alongside them to show that my answers are not always correct as well. This could lead to a good discussion on when data is reliable and when it is valid, which is something important that students are often not taught.
My class likes interactive and hands-on activities, and I believe that they learn best when doing these types of activities. This document provides activities for students to do in order to learn about measurement and data from kindergarten to fifth grade. I think that these activities are useful to help structure lessons on measurement and data and to help students see that data is all around us. For a fourth grade activity, they reccomend that students can "from a line plot find and interpret the difference in length between the longest and shortest specimens in an insect collection". Connecting the material that students are learning in class to the real world makes the material more accessible and also brings real-world applications into the field of data for students. I think I will be using some of these activities with my students next semester.
"This human bar graph is a great activity to break the ice at the beginning of the school year and also provides a very real representation of data." - Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning: www.stenhouse.com/0729.asp...
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Data, graphing, and measurement is not something that we have directly taught in my fourth grade classroom yet. My students have not yet done anything involving graphing data. I think that this activity would be a great way to introduce students to the idea of graphing data. They could come up with their own criteria for gathering data and how they are going to collect it within their class. This could be a whole group activity or a small group activity, where a bunch of different sets of data could be graphed. Then they would make the human bar graph, and finally we could discuss it. I think a really interesting discussion this activity could spark is how accurate the data is. For example, the bars are made up of people and represent numbers, but does the height of people affect how the bar graph looks? This could be a good group discussion to begin to make students question the data that originally looks like it has no issues.
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This video quickly gives some ideas with how to take simple real world data and use it to teach math. One idea in particular that stood out to me within the video was using surveys to teach ratios and fractions. My students are currently learning about fractions in fourth grade, and I think connecting it to a real world question such as "How many people in our class have pets?" help them see how fractions are made. There were also a few suggestions on how to do some project based learning with data in a classroom within the video in regards to using money. I think that would be a good idea because all of my students are familiar with the concept of money, but might not think of reading money flow as data. Because I am going to have to reteach fractions next semester, I will keep these ideas in mind for when I have to formulate my own lessons to make sure my students are familiar with using data.
In this lesson, you will learn how to solve real-life problems involving multiple correct answers by using operations and converting measurements. - for teachers
Connor Reilly's insight:
Measurement and data lessons are a great way to introduce other math strategies and applications to students. This particular lesson brings in real world problem solving and open ended problem solving. In my class, we have had many different experiences with open ended problems and real world problems, but I think that bringing the two together would create another level of rigor to the problem that my students are not normally used to. This problem in particular connects measurements to a problem that students can relate to, which makes the material more accessible to my students.
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