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Charting Growth

Subjects

• Educational Technology
• Mathematics
--Applied Math
--Measurement
--Statistics

• K-2
• 3-5
• 6-8
• 9-12

Brief Description

Dianne Nugent, a math teacher at Alexandria (Louisiana) Middle Magnet School for Math and Science, submitted this lesson in which middle or high school students document the growth of their elementary-school "buddies" over the course of a school year.

Objectives

Students will

• measure correctly.
• accurately determine growth from month to month and over the course of a year.

Keywords

multi-age, growth, measurement, height, buddy, buddies, project, cross-grade

Materials Needed

• tape measures for measuring student height and armspan
• computers (optional)

Lesson Plan

This is a nice lesson to coordinate between a middle and elementary school. Assign each middle or high-school student a "buddy" at the elementary school level. Students will visit the elementary school once each month during the school year. They will take their buddies' 1) height and 2) arm span measurements. (Note that weight data is not collected; weight can be a very sensitive issue for some students.) They collect data throughout the year. They compile, chart, and graph the results from month to month.

This is a great lesson for employing technology. Excel, or another data collection software package, can be used to store yearlong data and create charts. Students might employ the easy-to-use Create a Graph tool, or another graph-creation tool, to build graphs to illustrate their buddies' growth.

Assessment

Students will follow instructions and compile data correctly.

Lesson Plan Source

A+ Lessons from Alexandria Middle Magnet School

Submitted By

Dianne Nugent, math teacher at Alexandria (Louisiana) Middle Magnet School for Math and Science

National Standards

MATHEMATICS: Measurement
NM-MEA.PK-2.1 Understand Measurable Attributes of Objects and the Units, Systems, and Processes of Measurement
NM-MEA.PK-2.2 Apply Appropriate Techniques, Tools, and Formulas to Determine Measurements
NM-MEA.3-5.1 Understand Measurable Attributes of Objects and the Units, Systems, and Processes of Measurement
NM-MEA.3-5.2 Apply Appropriate Techniques, Tools, and Formulas to Determine Measurements