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This is a project for which students will have the opportunity to measure the lengths of straws and then represent that fractional measurement data in a line plot. This project requires preparation in that you will need to cut straws of various lengths in order to provide students with straw lengths with which to collect their data.
This is the way in which I approached this project; however, you may have a completely different approach. I created straw lengths of various sizes. I had two bags of straws for students to use to collect their measurement data. For one bag, students measured the lengths of those straws to the nearest half of an inch. For the other bag, students measured the lengths of those straws to the nearest quarter of an inch. As a result, to effectively represent their data, students converted the half-inch measurements to equivalent measurements in quarters of an inch so that all of their data had measurements with 4 as the common denominator. Nonetheless, you may edit the project in any way that you would like as it is attached as a Word document.
To complete the project, students need to be able to represent data in a line plot and successfully analyze and interpret the data in that line plot. To answer some of the questions, students need to be able to complete operations with fractions. Therefore, this project correlates with 5.MD.2, which is, as stated on the "corestandards" site: "Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit (1/2, 1/4, 1/8). Use operations on fractions for this grade to solve problems involving information presented in line plots."
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