I think I mentioned last time that we had been gone for our Spring Break for a while, and this week we were back in the full swing of things! Vacations are great, but being “home” again in Rm. 202 is also a nice thing. 🙂
This week started on Tuesday, and one afternoon we didn’t get to review the warm-up, so there are only 3 (instead of 5). Since we’re in a new quarter, we’re also working on a new topic: right now it’s data collection and analysis. Here we go!
OK, so as soon as I said it, I guess I found a warm-up that didn’t fit–this one was a leftover from last quarter, reviewing how to use groups to add and solve problems.
I probably should have taken a before and after of this chart. It started out like most of the other warm-ups: a big jumbled mess of post-its. This was the first survey question of the quarter, and because it was the first, the conversation around it was a little longer than most. We talked about the definition of the word “survey,” as well as the steps and focus of data–we collect, then organize, analyze and answer questions about the data. From this day on, we’ll go back to this focus with each set of data we discuss.
This one seemed like an easy question. Then I realized that I asked it in a confusing way, and many kids didn’t understand what it meant. I guess I could have just asked “When is your birthday?” instead. This one was organized going horizontally instead of vertically because we had to many options.
What survey questions would you give your kiddos for math warm-ups? What things do you focus on when talking about data collection and analysis with your students? Leave us a comment–we’d love to hear about math warm-ups in your class! 🙂