ERIC Number: ED328449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Sorting: Groups and Graphs. Used Numbers. Grades 2-3.
Russell, Susan Jo; Corwin, Rebecca B.
A unit of study that introduces sorting and classification as a way of organizing data is presented. Suitable for students in grades 2 and 3, it provides a foundation for further work in statistics and data analysis. The investigations may extend from one to five class sessions and are grouped into three parts: "Introduction to Sorting"; "Sorting and Classifying Data"; and "Projects in Data Analysis." An overview of the investigation, session activities, dialogue boxes, and teacher notes are included in each investigation. The major goals developed in each part of this guide are: (1) examining differences and similarities of objects or data; (2) decision making; (3) using negative information to clarify the definition of a category; (4) making sketches of data; (5) thinking flexibly about the characteristics of data; (6) articulating logical reasoning; (7) constructing categories to describe data; (8) inventing representations of data; (9) building theories about data; (10) collecting and recording survey data; (11) comparing two data sets; and (12) experiencing the phases of a data analysis investigation. Appended are reproducible student materials, including two sets of cards for developing sorting skills. (KR)
Descriptors: Calculators, Classification, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Data Analysis, Decision Making, Elementary School Mathematics, Graphs, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Activities, Mathematics Education, Primary Education, Problem Solving, Statistics, Student Projects, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods
Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., The Alternative Publishing Group, P.O. Box 10888, Palo Alto, CA 94303-0879 ($12.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Lesley Coll., Cambridge, MA.
Note: For related documents, see SE 051 930-931. In cooperation with the Technical Education Research Centers (TERC) and the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP).