Math Lit: The Best Vacation Ever

Our third grade math timeline includes data in every unit this year. I like to find something new each time so I recently picked up this book. The concept is "collecting data."

The Best Vacation Ever by Stuart J. Murphy is the story of a family who needs a vacation but can't decide where they should go. The girl in the story decides to collect information about what everyone would like to do. As she collects the data, she displays it on charts. Her questions include warm or cool, near or far, quiet or exciting, and whether to take the cat with them. After reviewing her charts she has enough information to come up with a perfect vacation for her family.

I'm planning to give my students a similar survey to gather information from their own family members and then have them work with the data in more than one way. Sounds like fun!

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