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Cranberry Estimation

This page of videos is designed to showcase classrooms in which the NCTM Process Standards are evident. Scroll to video #45, and select the "VoD" box to view the 20-minute Cranberry Estimation video. Second-graders in Massachusetts estimate the number of scoops of cranberries that will fit in a jar. They report, graph, and discuss group estimates with the class as the concepts of range, mode, and median emerge. Observe as the teacher leads the class in developing strategies, learning about new concepts, and sharing and organizing results.
Contributed by: WGBH Boston - Author, Annenberg Learner - Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
Learning Math Through Problem SolvingThis professional development collection supports teachers as they learn to use problem solving as a vehicle for teaching mathematics. Resources include video clips from actual classrooms, articles that relate helpful techniques and strategies, and several online courses that help teachers to advance problem-solving with their classes. This collection supports Practice Standard 1 and the Problem Solving Process Standard.
CCSS Practice Standard 4This collection supports teachers as they integrate Practice Standard 4 into their classroom routines. In these articles, videos, and lesson studies, teachers will see strategies that help guide students to use concrete, pictorial, and symbolic representations to describe mathematical situations in everyday life. Additional resources for immediate use in the classroom can be found in a companion classroom collection.
Math TopicMeasurement, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes, Data and Statistics
Grade LevelK, 1, 2, 3
Resource TypeInstructional Strategy, Video

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicTeaching strategies
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorWGBH Boston - Author, Annenberg Learner - Publisher
    • Publication Date1997
    • RightsCopyright (c) Annenberg Foundation 2011
    • AccessAvailable for purchase, Free access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 4
      Great activity - need to look a little on the link
      By bethb on 05/17/2012 - 17:23
    • When you open up the link it does not go directly to Cranberry Estimation, you must scroll down to find it on the page. Once you find it though it is well worth it. Great lesson idea! I have done a similar lesson around Halloween with pumpkins and pumpkin seeds.