Engage your students completely with these tried and true lessons on data landmarks. Using pumpkins, students work in groups to activate prior knowledge and make and test predictions such as whether pumpkins float or sink. Students also gather and record a variety of data concerning their pumpkins using different forms and units of measure. Students will also learn about scientific drawings and create one of their own as well as writing a scientifically descriptive paragraph. Once the drawings and paragraphs are completed, the students play an identification game with them. Students will also do creative drawings using the attributes of polygons. The student groups record all of the class data, and data landmarks are calculated using the collected data. Students reflect on their learning in this unit by completing four concluding questions.
Included in this packet are directions for teaching this unit and a blackline master packet which should be copied for each student. An answer key is not included because the data will vary based on the selected pumpkins. These lessons can be taught as an entire math lesson over the course of a week or can be split into smaller sections as a supplement to the normal daily math instruction. Because of this choice, the instructions will be listed in order, and the teacher can determine how much to complete each day.