Wow...this year is FLYING by. Its hard to believe that we're a week out from Christmas break. Needless to say, the curriculum has NOT been put on hold for the cutesy-artsy Christmas crafts. We're having to squeeze those in wherever we can. This week my kids are working on graphing and we whipped out some toys to play with while learning about line plots. Common core now requires that measurement be integrated into EVERY math unit. It's been hard to do that, but this week we were finally able to! We held a classroom frog race using some plastic frogs that have been in my treasure box for seven years.. They just never got chosen..poor things.
Anyway, for this fun little activity, my students were given a frog, a ruler, and a recording sheet to record their data. With a partner, they worked to make their frog hop down the length of the ruler and record its distance. They did this twenty different times and recorded their data. Once they finished, they had to create a line plot showing the frequency of distances that their frogs jumped.
Sure it was a bit loud, and sure some kids got off task just playing with the frogs, but overall, they had a ton of fun with this one. Definitely putting this in my file for next year.