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This lesson uses data collection and displays of data to decide which animal would make the best clasroom pet.
- Pet care books
- Pet care fact sheets (may be obtained at local pet stores or online)
- Students will research, record, and display data to make an informed decision on what would be the best classroom pet.
Anticipatory Set: Engage students in discussion about classroom pets- previous experiences, pro & cons, etc.
- Students will be assigned to work in groups of 2-3.
- Each group will select a different pet to research.
- Students will research the following information about their pet: cost (initial start-up and regular maintenance); time needed to care for the pet; size and type of habitat; sociability with humans; health concerns (human allergy potential, illnesses animal may be prone to); survey classmates' opinions on how cool/cute they think the pet is.
- Students will display the results of their data using graphs. Each poster will include: Cost--> box-and-whisker noting where your pet is compared to all pets researched by class (one each for initial and annual); time--> circle graph showing how much time is needed to maintain the pet vs how much time will be given socializing with the pet; bar graph--> rating scale (1-5) responses of class survey on how cute and how cool the pet is; scale drawing of habitat; picture of animal.
- Students will share their posters with the class. Presentation will include question/answer session. Students will make a recemmendation of whether their pet would be a good classroom pet and why/why not.
- After viewing presentations, students will write a persuasive letter to the classroom teacher requesting the pet they would like to get. Students must use data from the presentations in their letter.
Purchase the pet which had the most votes or the most convincing letter!
- How can data help you make decisions?
- What might be the result of making a decision without researching the facts first?
- What types of graphs show categories of data?
- What types of graphs help you compare amounts?
- How can data be manipulated to support an opinion?