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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Measures of Central Tendency Cootie Catcher or Fortune Teller

First, a PSA: Tomorrow is the first day of school!  Hooray!

Back to your regular programming...

I've seen some academic uses of the so called "cootie catcher" or "fortune teller" and I decided to make one for my kids to use this week as we review measures of central tendency in Algebra I.

Here's the basic template I made in Word.  If you want the file, please just leave me a comment and I'll be happy to share   download the PDF from Google Docs.  Obviously, you could just have your kids fold a plain one and write things on it.  I don't know my clientele yet, so I'm doing most of the work for them this time. 
The four corner squares are labeled mean, median, mode, and range.  These are the measures of central tendency and variation that my students should have mastered in 7th grade.  Generally, they come in pretty well prepared on this topic, with some of them mixing up the "m" words.



I filled in everything but the solutions and definitions for them.  There are 8 data sets given and there are places for the kids to write in the mean, median, mode, and range for each of the sets.  My plan is for them to work in partners to "play the game" and collaborate on finding the answers for each data set, only recording their work if they both agree.  They can then take this home as a study guide/review game.   The colors on the words are just pretty.  The colors around the data sets and answers are there to keep the kids from getting switched around. 

Again, you can download the blank template here if you missed the link above!  If you'd like the filled in copy (in my lovely handwriting, sorry), you can get it from my updated post.

How do you make review activities fun and unique to keep kids motivated?

38 comments:

  1. Can you email me a template? Turnern@leonschools.net

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  2. I'd love the template! ecurrie25@gmail.com. Thank you!

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  3. I would love the template as well. deanne.shaw@gmail.com

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  4. Please email me the template: cjohnson@ceres.k12.ca.us

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  5. I teach 7th grade too! Can you email me the template?
    deckerl@shikbraves.org

    Also, how do you play the game?

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  6. Hi,

    My students are always making cootie catchers in class and I think who be a great way to use them in learning.

    Can you please send me the template and the rules of the game?

    Thank You! kljohnson@bcps.k12.md.us

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  7. Hi i'd love this template! Please email it to me? relly600@yahoo.com Thank you! :)

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  8. Can you send me a copy of the template to teachingisagift@outlook.com? I think this would be awesome to create with my class!

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  9. I would love to do this with my 5th graders! Please may I have a copy of this template? Please send to teaching5th2007@gmail.com. Thank you so much!

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  10. I'm starting means of central tendency on monday! I would love the template claire.badke@gmail.com
    Thanks so much!!! The template will be extremely helpful for my low class!

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  11. I would love the template with the directions for completing the inside of the foldable. Send to joycec52@gmail.com please. Thanks so much!

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  12. I would love a instructions and template too! PLEASE! This is AWESOME! katchy73@msn.com

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    1. There's a link above to download the blank template from Google Docs. Sorry, but I don't have a filled in version. One day, I'll have to bring it home from school and scan it. :) Thanks for visiting.

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  14. Please send me the template. Thanks,Debra

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  15. can you please send me the template. i could use this for some vocabulary activities.

    jkouba@dpisd.org

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  16. I would love to try this with my 6th graders. Would you send me a template? shejo7@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Bill. Maybe I need to make the link more visible! :)

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  18. how do you fold a cootie catcher?

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    1. First, cut out the square. Lay it with the text facing down. Fold the four corners into the center to form a smaller square. Turn the whole thing over. Now, fold the four corners into the center, again forming a smaller square. You should have four pockets on the back that your fingers fit inside as seen in the pictures above.
      Thanks for visiting!

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  19. Is it possible to get a copy of the game or rules of the game? This is a great lesson.

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    1. You'll be happy to know that I located the paper in my files and plan to scan it very soon and update this post. :)

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  21. This is an awesome collaborative activity for teaching central tendency in middle school science as well. Thank you for the share.

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  22. I would love this file to use in my classroom!

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    1. Hi Michele,
      The files are linked in the last paragraph. Have a great summer!

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  23. I would love a template please email me a template thanks: kmtakutai9@gmail.com thanks 😃

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  24. Hi Kelly,
    The template is linked in the post above in the last paragraph. Hope that helps!

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  25. Can you please send me the template and the rules of the game?

    my email: hamarlas90@gmail.com

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  26. Thank you very much for this templates!

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  27. Thank you very much for this templates!

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  28. could I get one too
    Sadie1507@gmail.com

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  29. Can you PLEASE email me a completed version of this? I'd love to use this later in the week, but have no idea how to fold up the "cootie catcher" to make it complete. megs2401@comcast.net or megan.wooldridge@leadpublicschools.org

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  30. I would love to try this with my class - amazing tool ! I would appreciate if you send me a template of the completed version at marionmeli@gmail.com or mydreamjag@jahoo.com

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