Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fruit Loops Graphs

published on: 2/28/2003

Contributing Teacher(s): Susan Zornes

Subject Area: Communication Arts/Writing/Research

Grade Range: Lower Elementary (K-3)

Materials Needed:

  • Multi-colored Fruit Loops cereal
  • Appropriate sized graph paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Zip-locked bags

Instructional Strategy: Generating and Testing Hypothesis

Process Standards:

  • Goal 1.6 discover and evaluate patterns and relationships in information, ideas and structures
  • Goal 1.8 organize data, information and ideas into useful forms (including charts, graphs, outlines)

Content Standards:

  • Communication Arts 1. Speaking and writing standard English (including grammar, usage, punctuation, spelling, ...)
  • Communication Arts 6. Participating in formal and informal presentations and discussions of issues and ideas
  • Mathematics 3. Data analysis, probability and statistics

    G.L.E.:

    Time Allowance: One class period (Approximately 1 hour)

    Description: This lesson uses colored cereal to learn to organize data, prepare graphs, and analyze results.


    Classroom Component:

    Modifications:

    This lesson may be made very simple for young students, or adapted for older students by using several kinds of graphs, and writing more detailed paragraphs.

    Pre-assessment Instructions:

    Students should have knowledge of collecting data and making different kinds of graphs.

    Network Connection - Notes from another teacher -

    I am using this with my class for the 100th Day of School. Graphing 100 fruit loops on a bar graph. Then the kids will string the loops together and make a circle graph.

    Instructions:

    1. Distribute a bag full of cereal to each student.
    2. Have each student predict how many pieces of each color cereal are in the bag. Write down each color and the number of pieces next to it on the Student Data Sheet.
    3. Students then separate cereal by color, and tally each color. Write that number next to their prediction. (Older students may practice fractions by using broken pieces. Younger students may eat broken pieces and only use whole ones.)
    4. Prepare a bar graph to record the data. The same data may be used to create a circle or line graph.
    5. Write a paragraph in the math journal to describe the information shown in the graphs. (Ex.: There are more blue than red Fruit Loops.)
    6. Write a paragraph in the math journal to compare your predictions to the actual data.
    7. Write a paragraph in the math journal to compare your data with a partner’s data.

    Student Promp

    You will be given a bag of colored cereal. You should use what you know about collecting data and making graphs to:

    1. Predict the number of pieces for each color
    2. Separate the cereal by color and tally each one
    3. Write the number of pieces for each color next to your prediction
    4. Prepare a bar graph ( include a title and label your x and y axis)
    5. Color your bar graph to match the colors of your cereal
    6. Write paragraphs in your math journal:
    7. Describing the information in your graph
    8. Comparing your predictions to your data
    9. Comparing your data to your partner’s data

     


    Student Data Sheet

    Name________________________________________________Date________________________

    Color

    Predict

    Data

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Teacher’s Scoring Guide

     
    4
    2
    0
    Predict number of pieces for color
    Student makes a reasonable prediction for each color.
    Student makes a reasonable prediction for 4 colors.
    Student does not make a reasonable prediction for each color.
    Collect Data
    Student accurately collects and records data for each color.
    Student accurately collects and records data for 4 colors.
    Student does not accurately collect data.
    Prepare Graph
    Student accurately prepares a graph. Work is completed neatly. Colors on bars match the color of cereal.
    Student prepares a graph, but it is not accurate, or graph is not prepared neatly. Colors on bars do not match the colors of cereal.
    Student does not prepare a graph.
    Write Paragraph
    Paragraphs accurately explain data. They have correct grammar, capitalization, and punctuation.
    Paragraphs explain data, but have many errors in grammar, capitalization, and punctuation.
    Paragraphs do not explain data, or may not be present.

    Student Scoring Guide

     

    I predicted the number of pieces for each color.

    :)  :|  :(

    I collected the data for the number of pieces for each color.

    :)  :|  :(

    I wrote my colors, predictions, and data on my response sheet.

    :)  :|  :(

    I prepared a graph accurately.

    :)  :|  :(

    My graph was colored neatly, and the colors matched the color of cereal.

    :)  :|  :(

    For additional information contact :
    Susan Zornes
    Line Creek Elem.
    Park Hill
    (816) 741-6595
    EMAIL:
    zorness@parkhill.k12.mo.us

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