OREO Project 2016

Our OREO Project 2016

The class average was 15 this year!  We had a range of 9-23 and a cluster of data around 13-16.  We made a line plot of our data and inferences about our results.  Pictures below.

A few pictures from our OREO Project 2015

Stacks on deck!!  Our math skills are stacking up!  We love the annual online OREO project hosted by Jen Wagoner and we've been participating in it  for years.  This year we went LIVE on PERISCOPE with our event!! It's always so exciting (not to mention dee--lish-ious!!  Oh, ok-I'd better spell that correctly, after all, I am a teacher!  (delicious!)  This year we had a class average of 18 oreos in our stack.  Collecting and analyzing data has never tasted so good!  Here's a few pics-

Next we recorded everyone's best stack (after doing 2 trials) and we recorded our data in a tally chart.  Then we made a line plot of our data and found the class average. Finally we reported our findings online to the community and compared our results with other 3rd graders in the world.  (We were curious, so we also peeked at some results from younger and older students!)  We noticed any patterns in the data submitted from all elementary schools participating and found that the trend was for younger students to average lower numbers of oreos and older kids averaged more oreos.  Then we made inferences as to why this might be the case.  Some students thoughts were 
"maybe older kids are stronger" - Tanner
"maybe they older kids
 have bigger hands" 
"maybe older kids are just better at stacking"
Here is the link to view 2015 results  (We are slide 114)

OREO Project 2014 and 2013

With the New Common Core standards in Math, we adjusted our project to reflect the new standards.  We predicted how many oreos we could stack in a tower, had 2 trials and then recorded our best stack.  

We then collected the data from the class and created a tally chart, line plot and scaled bar graph of the data in our Math Journals.  We found our class average and will SKYPE with the online members of the project  to compare our average with other 3rd grade classes.  What a delicious way to collect and represent data!!  O-R-E-O!

What a delicious way to collect data!!  Each child had 2 trials at each stack
and the students took their best stack to record.  Then we made a line plot of
our class data and found the average stack for our class was 15 oreos.
Then we uploaded our data to the project's website to find that we
faired slightly better than the national average for 3rd graders
 (their average stack was 19).  As we analyzed our line plot, we
discussed where there were CLUSTERS of data and we
found a cluster of data around 13-17 oreos.  This means
that several students had stacks of these amounts
and so there were several plots of data in this  range.
The students also noticed that we had an OUTLIER because
one person had only stacked 12 oreos.  There was no other
data around the number 12 making 12 an outlier.  This
was a great way to introduce these concepts to the students
in a meaningful way and even though outlier and cluster are not on the common core for 3rd grade, it is great exposure to introduced these terms to the students to challenge and prepare them for skills they will encounter in higher grades!  I am always eager to introduce challenging
concepts when it is timely in our instruction!
We also conducted several other math investigations with our data
in our Math Journals such as finding the area of an oreo when placed
on a grid paper, and measuring the heighth of our stacks.  We even
did a writing activity that connected to our author study (Laura
Numeroff's If You Give series by creating a class book titled
If You Give a Kid an Oreo.....). We predicted wether or not
we could fairly share our oreos in half and wrote possible
outcomes for seperating our oreos (what would happen
to the middles???)  Then we each tried it and wrote about
our results.  The kids really enjoyed this project and we were
so excited to see our data come up on the map for KY when
we went online to report our findings. Who knew Math could
taste so good!!!!  (Yes, we definitely had to see how everyone
prefers to eat their oreos......dunk or not....and twisted apart
or whole:)  How do you eat your oreos???  ;)

Thank you so much for the donations to our OREO project!
We so enjoyed this delicious math activity!!! Yummy learning--the best kind!!

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