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Water Bottle Flipping Math and Science: 4th - 6th Grade

Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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21 pages
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My 5th & 6th graders FLIP for this math & science lesson! Students gather data using the scientific method to discover if a 1/3 full or 2/3 full water bottle will result in more upright landings. After writing their hypothesis, students flip water bottles 1/3 full and 2/3 full 20 times for each condition. They create class line plots of their data and find the median, mode, and mean of upright landings for both conditions. After analyzing their results, they write their conclusions. An extension activity of 2 levels of water bottle-themed word problems is also included.

~ 8 student pages of Water Bottle Flipping Experiment
~ 3 student pages of Water Bottle Flipping Word Problems and Data
~ sample class line plots
~ answer keys and sample conclusions
~ extensive teacher notes
~ pictures of experiment and data analysis

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Total Pages
21 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Multiply or divide to solve word problems involving multiplicative comparison, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem, distinguishing multiplicative comparison from additive comparison.
Understand that a set of data collected to answer a statistical question has a distribution which can be described by its center, spread, and overall shape.
Reporting the number of observations.
Giving quantitative measures of center (median and/or mean) and variability (interquartile range and/or mean absolute deviation), as well as describing any overall pattern and any striking deviations from the overall pattern with reference to the context in which the data were gathered.
Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale.


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