D Group uses stick bundles to learn about quantity and weight
June 21, 2012 @ 4:19 PM
City People, The Greenville News, April 4, 2012
Congratulations to Mrs. Heidi Bishop's D Group math students Hallam C, Alex Y, Dawson H, and Cole H for counting thousands and thousands of sticks! What started as a small class project to work on quantity and weight while simultaneously working on place value, turned into almost 4 months of Friday class time. The students initially grouped sticks into quantities of ten, then bundled these tens into hundreds, and finally bundled ten groups of hundreds to make a thousand. The students felt the thousand and guessed its weight. Guesses ranged from 4 pounds to 80 pounds. In actuality, the average weight was 3.25 lbs. The students wanted to see how much ten thousand would weigh, so they estimated the final weight to approximately 32.5 pounds by multiplying by 10. They had a lot of fun working together as a group and in a systematic way to create the ten thousand. After this activity, they have a more realistic sense of quantity and weight, which was the purpose of the project.
Hallam C, Alex Y, Dawson H, Cole H