The Celebrated Jumping Frog

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Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
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GLE 0701.2.7
Participate in work teams and group discussions.
GLE 0701.6.1
Comprehend and summarize the main ideas and supporting details of informational texts.
GLE 0706.1.1
Use mathematical language, symbols, and definitions while developing mathematical reasoning.
SPI 0701.2.7
Select the most appropriate behaviors for participating productively in a team (e.g., ask primarily relevant questions that move the team toward its goal and...
Prepare for collaborative discussions on 7th grade level topics and texts; engage effectively with varied partners, building on others' ideas and...
Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media formats; explain how this clarifies a topic, text, or issue under study.
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Learning objectives: 

Students will be able to:

  • Measure distances jumped in a simulated jumping-frog contest.
  • Record data.
  • Determine median and range of the obtained data.
Essential and guiding questions: 
  • Could the Total Distance ever equal the Official Distance?

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Extension suggestions: 
  • Collect the data for each group. Determine a class median and range for both the total distances and the official distances. Guide the students as they compare the data for their group with the data for the class.
  • Help the students to set up contests and simulations of their own.
  • Move on to the next lesson, Spinning Tops.

Helpful Hints

  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog Activity Sheet 
  • Centimeter Rulers
  • Cotton Balls
  • Large Paper Clips