Saturday, August 25, 2012

Target Practice - Line Graphing (and some Algebra)

All the kids ages five to eleven learned from this target practice activity. The goal was to create a line graph based on data collected from shooting at the target. 

First we measured the distance from the target and placed marks at 5 feet intervals.

Each child shot 12 bullets from each of the 5 ft marks from 5 feet to 35 feet.

The number of bullets which stuck to the target we recorded at each location.

To demonstrate an application of the activity I showed them a line graph I created to track the white blood cells in my five year old's blood each day. (She is currently battling Leukemia.)

Then I helped them to create their own graphs. Distance is on the x-axis and number of bullets which hit the target is on the y-axis. From the graph, my oldest used the formula y=mx+b to develop an equation for the line. m is the slope of the line and can be calculated by selecting two points on the line and finding the rise divided by the run. Or the difference between the y-axis points divided by the difference between the x-axis points. b is the y-intercept or y value where the line intersects the y-axis. The line had to be projected to determine the y-intercept and the equation was only good for distances between 10 and 35 feet.

My 5 year old learned about line graphs, my 9 year old practiced graphing and saw practical applications for graphs, while my oldest saw an application for equations for lines and was able to practice creating an equation for a line.

To see more of our hands on math activities please visit our math page.



7 comments:

  1. I love that you made this into an activity for all your children at different levels.

    Thanks for linking to Science Sparks xx

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing on the AFterschool Linky. I love how this activity can work for so many ages. Can't wait to see what you share next week!

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  3. You do such great hands-on activities with your kids! I love how you tweaked it to be educational for each of the different ages! Thank you for sharing this with us at Trivium Tuesdays!

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  4. Visiting from Math Monday Blog Hop. What a cool idea! I love how you made it meaningful for each age group.

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  5. Prayers for your sweet girl. This was a great lesson. Thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday every week.

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  6. This was a great post and as a gesture of appreciation to your for linking this to Look What We Did (and because I want to remember where this is) I've pinned this to my math board.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it and pinned it. I really like the Look What We Did blog hop. It's one of the best for homeschoolers because it is full of projects for older kids.

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