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Friday, March 29, 2013

And the name for the new fish is....

Scholars are learning about the needs of living things in Science class. Mrs. Inigo set up a fish tank with a small beta fish so scholars could make observations about how the fish meets its needs. Needless to say, the kids were very excited to have a 'class pet'. They couldn't wait to name the fish! I decided to take advantage of their high level of engagement to design a lesson around taking a survey, graphing results and interpreting data. After narrowing down the names to the 5 most popular, we took a survey to determine the top choice. Scholars then created graphs to illustrate the information and we spent some time interpreting the data. The concept of how many more and how many fewer is tricky for first graders so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to revisit this concept using a real world problem!
We used the app Doodle Buddy to create the graphs. Check them out and find out the name of the fish!

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