Get your classes up and moving! This hands on, out of the classroom activity is packed with educational value (and you can add in some fun there too!) It's begins with the following problem:
"HELP! Our principal is having a district wide assembly at our school and he has NO IDEA how many students fit in the bleachers! Working with a partner, figure out a way to determine the solution to this problem! "
The students had the student packet, a yard stick, a calculator and a clip board and pencil.
I actually had the principal himself come in to my classroom beforehand and pose the problem as if it was a real problem. This motivated the kids so much and gave real value to what they were doing. They start with a seven planning session with their partner (s). This was done while sitting on the floor of the gym and observing the bleachers pulled out in front of them. Then they were set loose! They were allowed to use whatever method they wanted to answer the question. I also had some Chrome books and tablets on hand if they wanted to go that route. They showed all of their work on the measurements and results page. We recorded the results on the Class Results page and then using that information, calculated the mean, median, mode and range of their results. We took it a step further by requiring the students to write a letter, using proper letter format, to the principal to share our results. Finally, the students reflected upon the activity and had the opportunity to share about their partnerships as well as their strategies (and what they might change if they were to do it again). Enjoy! The kids really had fun.