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ERIC Number: ED405270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 20
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Where No Bicycle Has Gone Before: A Data Collection and Analysis Project for the Early Elementary Grades.
Fertig, Gary
This paper describes a project implemented in two classrooms at the University of Wyoming's College of Education laboratory school. Forty-four students in the second and third grade participated. The "In Search of Bicycles" project asked students to consider how technology is used and how it affects the environment. Students then began to identify the distinguishing features of mountain bikes and road bikes by using students' bikes for analysis. Classifying of the bicycles was done outside the classroom, followed by students creating bar charts to describe and summarize their data. New categories had to be added and identifying characteristics noted once again (e.g., "BMX racers,""banana bikes," and "dirt bikes"). Further investigation led to refinement of the data-collecting procedures and explanations as to the relative distribution of the various types of bikes. Data analysis was conducted relative to student age, social status, and income levels and in relation to the physical aspects of the local terrain and climate. Further extensions of the activity are suggested. (EH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Language: English
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