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Spring SAVY 2019, Day 2 – Using Algebra to Make and Break Records (3rd/4th)

Posted by on Monday, February 4, 2019 in Grade 3, Grade 4, SAVY.

Hello SAVY parents!

I’m so excited about our second Saturday learning Algebra by making and breaking world records. In this week’s lesson, we attempted to break a world record by pushing an orange with our nose. The students obtained a wealth of knowledge and a multitude of skills while they were also having fun!

The class started with a comparison of last week’s graph (scatterplot) to a line graph. The students were able to use a Venn diagram to identify the similarities and differences between the two types of graphs. Students described the scatterplot as data that was not connected and the line graph was described as a way to display change over time. During the orange nose push activity, the students chose one of four roles: orange pusher, timekeeper, distance marker, and recorder. We were able to learn how to convert inches into feet while we were measuring each distance. One student was even able to push the orange as far as 59 feet over a 45 second time frame.

We returned to the classroom to take the data and display it in the form of a line graph. I emphasized to the students the important parts associated with a line graph such as title, scale, and labels for the x-axis and y-axis. The students were very creative in their displays and I will keep these items for display during our open house ceremony.

Please remember to continue to log the daily pages each student will read as we attempt to create a record of 10,000 page read by the last class meeting. Several of the students have already reached half of their goal by reading over 300 pages!

Thank you so much for another successful Saturday and I look forward to the next Saturday of fun and learning.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! I can be reached at

Thank you so much!

Love –D. Polk

Some Recordbreaking Experiments