Reflection: Data Analysis The Apples New Clothes - Section 5: Day 3


We ended up gathering a bit of confusing data when we weighed on Day 3.  Our number actually went up, which did not fit the pattern we were seeing up to this point in the data.  This offered a great opportunity for us to dig into what scientists do when this happens. 

This was actually a fun opportunity to explain to the children that this is exactly why it is so important to be accurate in the mathematics that we use.  The children were careful not to place blame on any of their classmates, and chalked it up to a simple miscalculation.  However, it was a great "in the moment" lesson about accuracy.  

I choose not to make an issue of it, because I felt that conversation and deductions of the students on their own, far out weighed anything I could have added to their thinking.  

  Our confusing data
  Data Analysis: Our confusing data
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The Apples New Clothes

Unit 3: Unit 3 - Apples, Pumpkins and Bread!! OH! My!!
Lesson 8 of 11

Objective: SWBAT gather and analyze data, comparing an apple in various stages of missing skin.

Big Idea: Seeing the pieces that make the whole and the effects they have on a system.

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