I think I have been reading about the famous Barbie Bungee for about 2 years now. I don't know what I was afraid of - lack of time, mostly. But, you know, just make time.

I did Barbie Bungee today in two Accelerated Algebra 2 classes. It was a hit. They had already learned how to make scatterplots and determine lines of best fit. Then they made their predictions. After the activity, I used the Barbie data to introduce the correlation coefficient and how to do linear regression on the calculator.

Here is all my stuff set up for Barbie:

If you notice the white circles with numbers, those are paper plates that I cut the middle out of. When my husband and I were practicing Barbie Bungee, he was having a hard time seeing where her head actually went, so he wanted something flat so he could "hear" her head hit...voila the paper plates. I bought my little boxes from Staples this summer and they were perfect for little boxes of rubber bands.

Another note, I had a skirt on today to wear, but realized I would be standing up on a table - so don't wear a skirt. I realized this in time at home to change.

Here are some kids doing it:

I did take a video but can't figure that out yet. We did have one group who named their Barbie Simone. Poor Simone lost her head (literally). I bought really cheap Barbies. Another one lost her leg.

It was awesome! I got to finally have fun with my students in a way I got to know them.

I highly recommend you try it.

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