Who's the Best?
The Data Tells!
In
September, Mrs. Freeman’s seventh grade math classes worked on a web quest entitled “Who’s the Best Player in the Major Leagues?” This particular project was designed to go along with Chapter 1 in the seventh grade math text; focusing
on the use of several types of graphs and measures of central tendency. The students had to come up with their own definition
of the best player. Searching varies websites on six current major league players; they obtained several statistics to determine
who might be the very best. Once students gathered their data, MS Excel
was used to represent the information in a spreadsheet. The final product was displayed in poster format, including
pictures of players, hand written and computer generated graphs, spreadsheets including the measures of central tendency,
and an explanation of the player they surmised to be the best in the MBL.


Create A Graph Online!
Mr. McGrail's
seventh graders used the mobile lab to create one each of a bar graph, line graph, and circle graph. The students
enjoyed learning to use the Create A Graph website tools to complete this task. Students were instructed to use 'amounts' for the bar
graphs, 'change over time' for the line graphs, and 'percents or parts of a whole' for the circle graphs. Students will continue
to explore this complex topic in math.



Technology + Math =Fun
MacKinnon eighth graders recently completed the first of the MATRIX Math units created during the teachers' summer
workshop. In this math activity, Which Airline is Best?, the students were able to create a table
of solutions for various linear equations; graph these lines; relate them to a point; and analyze the results. In addition
, the eighth graders used the classroom computers to graph these equations on the Graphing Calculators Program. Using a "How To" sheet, the students were able to complete this task, save the screen to a clipboard and then
to their folders, and print out a picture of the screen.
The students truly enjoyed this activity!



