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Paper Predictions


I use Newspapers in Education in my math class. Recently, we looked up ages in the obituaries, found a class average, and compared this average to the average age of life expectancy in eastern Iowa. We also used the newspaper to find out which letters are most commonly used in the English language. Each student picked an article to read and share with the class. Then they predicted the 5 letters they thought were used the most. Next, they chose one paragraph out of the article and recorded the number of each letter in the paragraph. After the students finished, they compiled the total number of letters in their group of 5. At the end, we put the class results together. Students were very involved in the activity, and it was a great way to study statistics.

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