This was a week of becoming more exhausted; I put in mostly ten hour days, and feel that I am not even beginning to catch up. It's all I can do to get ready for the immediate lessons -- all the extra stuff is not getting done! You know, doing my self-evaluation and writing my professional development plan -- the one I'll be evaluated on, as well as looking at the data from my students more in depth and planning instruction and small groups. Most days I go home and tell my husband how horrible it is and that I need a new job (attitude much!)! This weekend I told him I'm going to Peru (I saw a getaway on Groupon). Will it get better? I sure hope so. I've got a good bunch of kids, thankfully.
So, it had been a few years since I had done the Oreo Stacking Project from Projects by Jen. Someone mentioned it on their blog, and I immediately was reminded of how much fun it always was. To make it even better, we were just wrapping up some lessons about data and graphing so I knew we could collect the data and work with it :)
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I had four packages of oreos, so put the kids into small groups and they took turns stacking. It's a very fast paced activity, and the onlookers were keeping count of how many cookies in the tower, so they didn't mind waiting. Here are a few pictures of their efforts:
They reported their number to me and I made a frequency table. The highest stack had 26 cookies, and the smallest had 9. The project definitely can be used for mean, median, mode -- not 3rd grade standards, so we did not do that but I have done it in the past when it was included in our FL standards.
Their first assignment with the data is to turn the frequency table into a tally table. Next they will be creating graphs with it. They are loving this because it is their own data rather than something in a book.
Have you ever done this project?