As an introduction to Linear Relations with my combined 1D/1P grade 9 Math class we investigated height VS foot length and the guinness record holder for the tallest woman:
I asked students to measure their height and foot length and record it on a Google Spreadsheet we had up on the projector:
What do you notice?
What do you wonder?
I posed this question:
Zeng Jinlian was born in 1964 in Yujiang village in the Bright Moon Commune, Hunan Province, China. She holds the record as the tallest woman. She measured 2.48 m (8 ft 1.75 in) when she died on 13 February 1982. How long were her feet?
Estimate: _____ cm
Students were sent in their VRG groups to their VNPS boards to solve. Here are their boards:
Since it is still early in the semester I scaffolded the activity a bit by instructing them to create a scatter plot of the data on their board to help them solve the problem. I did not however instruct them to use a line of best fit, although many groups used that strategy to help them come up with an answer. Some groups had graphs with a Height axis that went high enough to lookup Zeng’s height and find the corresponding foot length from the line of best fit. Other groups made an educated guess based on the trend the points were showing.
Each student was asked to determine her foot length based on their graph:
Her real foot length was 35.5cm!
The following day students were assigned some individual practice with scatterplots on Khan Academy.
– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)