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Math Lesson
for Scarecrow Day
Objective:
The students will utilize tally
marks to conduct a classroom vote.
The students will create and interpret a graph of the
voting results.
(This
lesson is to be combined with the Social
Studies Lesson. Conduct the Social Studies
portion before proceeding to the following math lesson.)

Materials

Procedure

Conduct
the first part of the lesson given on the Social
Studies page.

As
stated in the Social Studies Lesson, the students will
be voting on a name for their scarecrow. Create
a chart with the same number of columns as there are
choices of names. For example, if the students
are voting on the names Jack, Sam, and Ned, there will
be three columns.

Once
the ballots have been placed in the ballot box, work
as a class to read the votes and place tally marks in
the correct columns.

After
the students have counted all the votes, the winning
name will be determined by adding up the tally
marks.

Using
butcher paper, create a graph which illustrates the
results of the name poll.

Ask
questions of the students for interpreting the
graph. For example, "How many more students
voted for the name Jack than Sam?", etc.

Pass
out the Scarecrow
Name Vote Worksheet and have the students complete
this sheet for reinforcement.

Other
Lesson Ideas

Measure
different parts of your classroom scarecrow. How
long is his leg, his arm, etc.?

Conduct
a lesson in subtraction by having the students figure
equations for how many birds are remaining if a
certain number are scared away? For
example, 6 scarecrows were sitting in a field, 3
were frightened by a scarecrow, how many were left?


