What Fruit Did You Have For Breakfast?
Very sneakily, this combined maths (data collection and representation) with a healthy diet.
Here are a few pics of what it all looked like:
Getting ourselves organised - yes, it took a bit of time. 560 kids to organise.
That's the "apple" line disappearing into the distance - very popular with the kids. "Bananas" is the next longest and the one you can see further across coming in third place is "strawberries" - they're very cheap at the moment.
Yep, that's the "strawberries" group with "apples" and "bananas" on the far left of the picture.
I got some Year 6 kids to design the data categories. They chose:
- Fruit Salad
- Kiwi fruit
1. Apple was the most popular fruit for breakfast, followed by banana and then strawberry.
2. Only 25 children had no fruit for breakfast.
3. Only 1 person had tomato for breakfast and 1 had avocado. These were the two smallest categories.
4. There was a protest that bananas are a herb.
5. There was an interesting selection of fruits in the "Other" category - star fruit, cherries, pineapple, etc
6. Everyone had some fun.
Over the week, have we achieved anything?
I think so.
- We have focused the kids' attention on data collection.
- We have got them to think about some of the issues behind working with data.
- We have constructed graphs.
- We have made statements based on information represented in graphs.
- We have made some sound generalisations about how to handle data.
- We have participated in an activity across the whole school P-6.
- We have had some fun.
Can't wait till next year...