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This is a level 2 statistics and number activity from the Figure It Out theme series.
display data on a graph
solve word problems involving fractions
solve word problems involving addition and subtraction
The sea creatures shown can easily be classified into categories. Examples of appropriate displays that students could create would be:
The emphasis of this activity is on students writing story problems. The relevant data here is:
Teachers may decide to model the process of writing problems by providing examples, such as:
“Four more fish swim along. Now Sam could catch one-third of the fish, and Liam could catch one quarter of them. What kind of fish were these new fish?”
“Emily caught some fish. Sam and Liam caught none. Then one-third of the remaining fish were spotty fish. How many fish did Emily catch?”
Answers to Activities
Teachers will need to check the graph. There are 4 sharks, 3 crabs, and 5 starfish.
Answers will vary.