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The Wave

Get your classes up and moving and learning math at the same time! Learners collect data on the length of time it takes to complete a wave compared to the number of people participating. They then create a scatter plot, calculate a best-fit line, and make predictions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Play a YouTube video of a crowd doing the wave at a stadium
  • Assess the accuracy of your line of best-fit equation and discuss reasons for the determined accuracy
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider completing the calculations without the aid of the spreadsheet
  • Give very specific directions on how to perform the wave to ensure data is accurate
  • Requires stop watches

  • Uses a motivational approach to collecting and analyzing data that can be connected to a real-life situation
  • Includes all handouts, answer keys, and teacher guides

  • None
Included Materials

  • Sample: Spreadsheet with Chart
  • Template: Spreadsheet
  • Step Sheet: Creating a Data Table
  • The Wave Spreadsheet Rubric
  • The Wave: A Whole-Class Experiment
  • The Wave PowerPoint Rubric
  • Sample: The Wave Class Data Table
  • The Wave Experiment – Part I