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Surfing Amusement Parks: Grades 4-7. (Math Matters)

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Surfing Amusement Parks: Grades 4-7. (Math Matters)

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This lesson, from Susan Rose of California's Kings County Office of Education, is a fun way to help students practice their statistics and data analysis skills.

Introduction: It's your birthday and your parents have given you the choice of going to any one of five amusement parks in California. There is just one catch! They have asked that you choose one with an entrance fee that is the median price range. Surf the Internet to find how much it will cost for your family to go to each park. Graph your findings.

Task: Students will go to five amusement parks in California, calculate the entrance fees, find the park with the median price and graph the results.

Resources: Six Flags Magic Mountain, http://www.sixflags.com/parks/magicmountain/ho me.asp; Disneyland, http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneylandresort/Disneyland/index; Paramount's Great America, http://www.pgathrills.com/; Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, http://www.beach boardwalk.com/(admission is free to the park, but rides cost money, so have the kids use one of the ride packages for comparison purposes); Universal Studios Hollywood http://themeparks.universalstudios.com/.

Process: Go to sites for each of the five amusement parks. Compute how much it will cost for your family to enter the park. After gathering all of the information, graph your results. …

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