Here I am once again looking back at some older posts to link up with Second Grade Shenanigans and the Take Me Back Tuesday Linky Party. This time last year I had just had surgery to remove an 8mm kidney stone and was having a lot of problems because of it. Needless to say, my time in the classroom was sporadic and I truly treasured the time I was able to work with my students. The post below was one those treasured days before I left on medical leave. Enjoy! 🙂
First let me apologize for not being around regularly lately. I’ve had a lot of health matters I’ve been dealing with over the past 8 weeks and finally was able to get into the specialist on Wednesday. More testing on Monday and hopefully the procedure on Tuesday to remove the stone that is lodged down past my kidneys.
Anyways, enough TMI, last week in my 7th and 8th grade resource classes, we wrapped up our unit on graphs and ended on a high note.
The last graph that we covered was a circle graph and my students loved it the most of the ones we created.
We started with out data chart where they got to choose the topic. Both classes chose favorite sport but different choices overall. Once we tallied everyone’s votes, we converted them into a fraction of the total amount of votes and then into a percentage.
This lead us to discussing that a circle graph represents 100% of a group and we must fill in the appropriate percentage for our graph to be accurate. We discussed that finding a round number that we could easily fill in would be a great place to start. One of my groups had 54% for Football and they knew it was right over 50%. This made it easy for the last three percentage to be filled in as well.
This year I have been adding in more open-ended responses after our activities so that my students can communicate themselves mathematically and make connections from their learning into everyday life.
Since working in their Interactive Notebooks this year is a new thing for them, my students are continuously heard saying that they are excited about math for a change and would rather work doing a notebook lesson than a review game. I’ve seen my classroom management become so much easier because they are engaged and actively working non-stop.
And because my students love to be “famous” here are some more of their samples from our Circle Graph creations! Reminds me, I need more markers!
You can grab my Data and Statistics bundle in my TpT store for only $8.00 and includes a pacing guide to cover 2-3 weeks of instruction with Interactive Activities (for INB), vocabulary, practice problems, quiz, graphs flippable (foldable) and a review game. It’s aligned with TEKS and Common Core for 6th-7th grade.
Now that I read back over this it has totally inspired me to go finish the samples for the 8th Grade Geometric Applications Interactive Notebook! Can’t wait to get that updated for you!
P.S. Great things are coming later this week!