CLARK — All students in Cristina Faro’s seventh grade mathematics classes at Carl H. Kumpf School in Clark created colorful graphs to display for Back to School Night.
As a way of connecting addition of integers and graphing, students solved various equations in order to obtain the coordinate points for their “mystery” graphs. As students plotted points on their graphs, they connected each point to the next to create an outline of an object. A mystery picture began to evolve in the graphs, which students soon found out to be an ice cream cone. If a picture did not look like an ice cream cone, students were able to compare with others and isolate the coordinate point they graphed incorrectly.
Everyone in the class enjoyed decorating their pictures and even adding backgrounds and themes. All graphs were hung in the hallway and classroom so parents and families were able to see their student’s work. Students were then able to cast a ballot for the graph they found most creative. Danielle Hartzler and Vincent Sbarro received class tickets for being voted as having the most creative graphs. Those class tickets will be used in a raffle at the end of the marking period. Students had fun doing the activity and were able to practice their addition of integers and graphing also.
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