Candy Activity.
Date | January 2006 |
Class | 8th grade |
Teacher | Becky Bruening |
Notes | Candy and Apples |
Date | Nov 5, 2005 |
Class | Algebra and 7th grade |
Teacher | Patti Bailey |
Notes | When the 7th graders were discussing mean, median and mode, I used the candy activity when they were given these pieces and they needed to come up with the set of data. They ran with it. I had them in groups of 4 and they were quite successful in a short amount of time. Looking at the class as a whole, I found this quite interesting. I now am covering this concept with my algebra kids. I gave it to one class that is very small. They only had 2 kids per group. I figured they were more advanced and didn’t need as much help. It was very interesting to see that the 2 students that have the highest average in the class by a couple of percentage points paired up and didn’t come up with an answer at all. The other students had more difficulty than the 7th graders did, however, they figured it out. I also made some observations that were similar while using the algeblocks. The students that are very book smart have difficulty looking at problems in different ways. The students that get it quickly really hate the manipulatives. They don’t understand how they are supposed to help anyone because they themselves are perplexed by them, they struggle with the concept of what they are trying to show and just verbally ask…when can we do it the easy way (meaning pencil and paper)??!! This activity is awesome and I will use it each time I do central tendencies. I am also looking at making up a new set of data so they have other similar problems to solve on their own. |