Summer SAVY 2019: Session 3, Day 1 – Data Discoverers (Rising 1st/2nd)
It was a great first day! To help us learn more about our content, we read 2 books: Tally O’Malley by Stuart J. Murphy and The Great Graph Contest by Loreen Leedy. We did several projects throughout the day that had us gathering, analyzing, and presenting data. One of the big ideas of the class is to think about ways that data can be used to solve problems, provide information, or answer questions we have. For example, students made tally charts of t-shirt colors in the class. By itself, that data is not that interesting, but we talked about how if you were the owner of a store or a t-shirt manufacturer, you might like to know what color of shirt is most popular. Throughout the class, we will keep returning to this idea about how data helps influence decisions. We touched on this topic a bit today by talking about computer algorithms for suggestions.
We also looked at several different kinds of graphs. Throughout the week, we will be using these different types of graphs and thinking about which type best showcases our data in a meaningful or useful way. Making bar graphs helped us see how we might organize information to be easy to see and compare. Students practiced creating their own graphs using different colors and organizing their data so that the bars would be in ascending order. Tomorrow, we will dive deeper into our work with different kinds of graphs.
Optional Evening Activity: If you see a graph, chart, or table in a book, magazine, or online that could be shared with the class, bring it in any time during the week to share with the class! Having examples of graphs helps us see all the different ways we might encounter this types of information in our everyday lives.