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Learning Maths Outside the Classroom - Human Graphs


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Created on 28 April 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 21 October 2010 by ncetm_administrator

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Human Graphs

Just about any outside space can be used to display a human graph, with pupils standing on particular co-ordinates, but ideally it should be in a paved area, where the slabs can be used to represent the x and y co-ordinates. In the video extract below, pupils are using a lawn which is bounded on two adjacent sides with slabs. They use the width of the slab as a unit square, so an appropriate scale has to be agreed upon first.

Many types of graph can be displayed in this way. In fact, any graph that can be drawn on squared paper can be applied to such a space. In the absence of slabs, floor tiles can be loose laid for the purpose. On a still day, that old box of fan-fold paper that no longer fits any of the school printers, makes an excellent squared border.

The video below was taken by the pupils from an upstairs window, and provides a good record for further discussion, and even assessment.

 
 Click here to see an example of a human graph using the school grounds. It shows the use of a coordinate grid in the playground to represent a scatter graph using the students as the coordinates.
 
 
     
 
 

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