|Nelson EducationSchoolMathematics 3|
NAMES, NAMES, NAMES
The students have been asked to research common first names using information from government websites. They are then to use this data to recommend the 10 most popular boy's names and 10 most popular girl's names to a company that manufactures nameplates for children. As the students look at the data provided at each of the websites, they will begin to see that, although there are similarities, the most popular names vary somewhat from province to province. They will also find that the popularity of certain names has changed over time. Students may wish to investigate popular names for the current year, or they may realize that it might be better to investigate popular names of past years. Although it is not important to introduce this level of sophistication in reasoning, it is worthwhile to explore the change in popularity, and to compare it to the names of the students in the classroom.
MEETING INDIVIDUAL NEEDS
Blank organizational charts
Grid paper for graphing
Rulers, pencils, coloured pencils
Graphing software such as Graphers® (optional)