Where does that data go? Game (and outline)

Sometimes students struggle with understanding where data should go on a table. The attached cards have a date or a date and a measurement. Students should learn that the units are important because it shows us what measurement it is and that we can't just put the data anywhere. If we take data on a Friday, it shouldn't go on Wednesday's row. This game helps students learn about recording data and the importance of units.


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  • Ariel Johnson says:

    I tried teaching this as a class lesson where each student would get a card and we would go around the room to discuss where each card should go. This allowed a lot of students to goof around. A better approach that I tried later was to give each student a card, but have them be responsible for placing it on the board and also explain why they put it there. The students did more of a matching game since they didn’t connect that the units provided were just that: units of the thing being measured. Going through the units beforehand (using units for length, weight, time, etc. as examples, too) may have helped a lot. While I’m not sure that they grasped that the units show what is being measured, they did understand that if something is not measured on a given date, we can’t fill in that space. Perhaps putting students in small groups and giving them a few cards of the whole set to put on the board would help. Then they could work together to figure out where it would go and why.