It has been a long week before vacation and I had planned on doing an activity with pennies in Algebra I. It went well. I asked the kids to bring in pennies. We were going to look at the minted date and organize them by date, make a dot plot of them, and then see what we were going to notice some things. I had the students predict the year that the most would be minted and predict the amount of pennies we were sorting as a class.
Here are some pictures: action shot: sorting the pennies
Period 1- partial picture
Period 2 - picture
Period 1 - dot plot (The most popular was the year 2000. We thought maybe they made more that year because of the year 2000? We sorted 301 pennies.)
Period 2 - dot plot - I drew a line this time to be a little more even. (The most popular year was 2013. We sorted 292 pennies.)