Learning About Bar Graphs

As we continue our investigation into the purpose of seeds, Katherine led students in a science/math project counting the number of seeds in a pumpkin (to help answer the question "Why do some plants have one seed while others have hundreds?"). We made initial estimates (ranging from 75-500), then worked together to count the seeds, grouping them by 5s and 10s. We ended up with 399 seeds in our tiny sugar pumpkin! Katherine then led a discussion of data collection and how we can record our numbers using bar graphs. We were able to compare our estimates with our final count and also compare the number of seeds we each counted with our classmates' totals. We had lots of math fun and we are certain to put our bar graph skills to use in many other science and math projects this year!