Reflection: Diverse Entry Points This Candy is Not What it Seems - Section 3: Day One - A Little Math Mixed In...


In graphing it is important that children work through a process.  The process works in three stages.

Phase One:  Concrete (Real) graphing...during this phase children sort objects and lay them out physically to observe and count the amount of objects.  This phase is a crucial phase for children to learn to trust that the objects they count and the numbers they arrive at are actually what they observe. This phase lays the foundation for all future graphing.  

Phase Two:  Representational (Pictures or other models) to represent the real objects.

Phase Three: Symbolic graphs are the most sophisticated of the series of graphs and do not use real objects, but rather a symbol to represent the object. 

I skip Phase Two in my lesson when the children are graphing.  This is a conscience choice on my part. By this time of the school year, the children have had many, many opportunities to practice the skill of graphing.  They are skilled at doing it quickly.  However, I want to make sure they do remember the basic idea and concept and so I have them begin with the real objects (the gummy bears) to complete the task.

Not all my students are confident in the one to one correspondence that is necessary to complete the task.  Having them lay the bears out and then color in each square, allows them to complete the graph and double check their work.  

  Diverse Entry Points: Graphing
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This Candy is Not What it Seems

Unit 4: Unit 4- The Alpine Mountain Environment
Lesson 7 of 9

Objective: SWBAT conduct an investigation using gummy bears to explore physical changes.

Big Idea: This lesson works through the investigative process with a common candy, gummy bears. It offers children the opportunity to begin with a question and work it through to draw a conclusion.

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