CAUSEWeb really does put out some great activities for teaching Introductory Statistics, such as Histogram Sorting Using Cooperative Learning. In fact, they have an entire Statistics Activity Webinar Series that they do regularly. I was told that this particular activity would easily be modified for the college classroom (where we sometimes don’t have as much time). My modification is below. The file includes a student instruction sheet, three pages of student ‘cards’ and three pages of solutions for the instructor. Enjoy, and make sure to check out the CAUSEWeb Statistics Activity Webinar Series!
NOIR stands for Nominal, Ordinal, Interval, Ratio, and is a game to help students distinguish between the four different levels of measurement. I had been working on this game all week, and I finally had time for my students to play it in class on Thursday. After the game, they filled out a review form for the game. I have already tweaked the game slightly based on their feedback as the cards were not originally numbered, so it was very hard for the answers to be checked. The students wanted the definitions on the game board somewhere, but I think that having the definitions there would defeat the purpose of helping them learn the definitions. I did let students use notes during the game, but after they started to get used to the definitions, I saw less and less flipping through the book and notes.
Each group of four students (two teams of two students each) was given two game boards and were asked to play two rounds of the game before filling out the feedback form. The entire process took about 30 minutes, although I had to cut some groups off in the middle of the second game because we were running out of time. Surprisingly (to me at least), the students were actually somewhat angry about that!
If you use this game in your class, I would love to hear your feedback!
I challenged my students this week to find pricing mistakes. For example, mistakes such as .11¢ instead of $0.11 or 11¢. I found two of my own this week. Here they are:
I’m not sure if I’ve been absolutely clear on this or not, but my lack of posting lately can be attributed to the fact that I’m now posting a majority of the links I find now on my Scoop.it page (http://bit.ly/mathnews). Nevertheless, here are five quick ideas that just didn’t fit in over there:
Last week someone suggested that I try using ‘Foldables’ in my classes, but I didn’t know what those were at the time. So, I decided to do a little research, and this is what I came up with. I can send the template to you as well, if you would like.
I eluded to the fact that I was going to do this activity last week on Twitter. And here are some of the pictures that students picked out of magazines to describe the way that feel about math. Yes, there are more pictures than comments, but one of the comments ‘Math makes me feel crazy’ was used to describe a few of the pictures. Overall, I think the class had a good time with the activity. I learned a lot about the students and the students learned a lot about each other. Also, I think that it made the students feel a little better knowing that they aren’t in a boat by themselves when it comes to how they feel about math. So, I would definitely recommend doing this activity in your own classroom.
I totally meant to share these problems a few weeks ago, but I wanted to try it out with my classes first. However, I got so distracted with doing my Capture & Recapture Lab that we never got to the worksheet. Yes, I did a Capture & Recapture lab for my Beginning Algebra Classes to help demonstrate how proportions might be used as part of a method of estimation. Several students told me that without the lab, they wouldn’t have really understood exactly why we even needed proportions. That made me happy. So, here we are after the semester has already ended and I never used these problems. But I thought that I would share them anyway.
I hope you enjoy this game! I would love to have any feedback if you decide to use it.
Other Slope Resources
2. Slope-Intercept Equation Applet – This appears to be the exact same applet I introduced to you a few weeks ago in the Geogebra Tutorial video. It’s a very simple resource that allows students to visualize the slope-intercept equation of a line by using sliders to change the slope and y-intercept.
This is what I am going to use with my Beginning Algebra students to reinforce the idea of prime polynomials. The majority of the polynomials are prime.
Here’s the new game I created for evaluating functions. I haven’t played it with any students yet, but it has gotten a couple of test runs, and seems to be a hit among the instructors that have seen it. If you play it, I would love to hear your feedback. Enjoy!