Everything is NOT awesome

Friday I used an activity in my class that I had great success with in a previous class. The LEGO Correlation Activity. We play a version of The Price is Right. Students are in groups, each group gets to take a bid at a Lego Set. The goal of this activity is for the students to use the correlation between number of pieces and price to predict the price for the Lego set. This worked ok on a class-by-class basis.

It started out great 2nd & 3rd hours. A couple of students grabbed calculators and were calculating their guesses based on the number of pieces. It was magical to me.

But 4th and 5th hour were just NOT interested. I feel like they did not get anything of substance out of this lesson. I was very frustrated and ended up making both classes sit QUIET for the last 5+ minutes of class. It was necessary for my mental health. I didn’t even get a chance to go over this TOTES AWESOME Desmos Graph

Perhaps the activity dragged on too long… I think some groups felt like they couldn’t “catch up” to the other teams, so they gave up… Maybe they checked out because it was Pep-Fest day…

I gave them a 2 question closer/homework:

1. What method did your group use to bid on the Lego Set

2. What do you think the scatterplot of # of pieces vs. price will look like.

I’m totally up for suggestions on this…

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4 thoughts on “Everything is NOT awesome

  1. I really like this task! What was the pacing like? Did you display one slide at a time or did you print them all out for each of the groups? Also, did you allow any of the groups to share their strategies? Doing this maybe halfway through the lesson would give the slow-starters something to work with…

    • Thank you for the comment. The pace seemed OK… I stopped when we noticed that a Lego set did not follow the # of pieces vs price correlation, and when a group got 2-3 in a row. I asked them to share their method, and they kept it pretty vague šŸ™‚
      Today we revisited and checked out the Desmos scatterplot. It seemed like most of them actually did get something out of it. Also the winning teams shared their strategies – including calculations, proportions, adjustments for lurking variables. I underestimated them I think.

  2. Let’s blame it on Pep-fest. Yeah, those days tend to ruin everything.

    Some days just suck, to be honest. I did Barbie Zipline, had a badass day ready, and WHABAM! My kids were a mess. We talked, had a ruined day, then rallied the next day.

    Just don’t give up. Easier said than done, but I like the lesson and think the kids will get good stuff out of it.

    • I think it was a Friday/Pep-Fest/Blah day. We revisited the Legos today, and I think they got the “meat” of the lesson. They got more out of it than I had originally thought! Thanks for the reassurance šŸ™‚

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