Bivariate Unit – Common Core

So today was the official start of a huge Bivariate Unit I created with the help of one of our district iCoaches (Lindsey).  This unit is what I have been striving for since our school became 1:1, I started flipping my classroom, and since I decided to jump fully into Common Core.

To give you a glimpse – I built a Bivariate Unit all in the Mac program Numbers.  In this file is a guided unit where students will watch videos, complete activities, have check points with me, and yet work at their own pace.  It will start with a pre-test, opening activity and then introducing this self-pacing concept (time management, etc).  It will culminate in a project where they must produce something for their audience.  Again I could not have done all this without help…

If you were wondering what Bivariate means – I did too when I first read the Common Core standards – it is scatter plots!  This includes correlations, clusters, outliers, and line of best fit.  Also, students will be expected to make predictions within scatter plots.

The fun started today with Discovery Education Probe.  It consisted of 10 questions ranging in difficulty and will be used as the Pre/Post test for the unit.

Students taking the Discovery Education Probe

I also added classwork to our calendar (we use eChalk) so that students can see what is happening for the week.  For Wednesday I added that said Introduction Activity with a picture of a hula girl (below).  Little did I know that this was going to spark so much interest!  Students were asking me and some of their other teachers what that picture meant….what they do not know is that our introduction activity is a Limbo Activity!  We will have the music, lei’s, and they will see how many times they can make it under!  Once we have that data in a spreadsheet (already made and set up to go) then we will ask the students why they think some students made it under more times than others…in the hope that they will see that height might play a factor!  Then we will measure their heights and add it to the data and show them the graph!  Because they are curious, I am getting even more excited!  I will be sure to post each day or so about this unit and share my results and findings!

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