Pitch and Hit Data

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What You Need:

  • Baseball
  • Bat
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • Ruler

What You Do:

  1. Have your child take a few practice swings and then start pitching the ball to him. Pitch the ball 10 times. Record the number of hits using tally marks.
  2. Now it's your turn. Have your child pitch the ball to you. Ask him to record the number of hits using tally marks.
  3. Help your child construct a bar graph to show the results. On the x-axis, the horizontal line, label each of your names. On the y-axis, the vertical line, show numbers 0 through 10.
  4. Using the data, the number of hits, have your child fill in the graph. Have him draw a bar showing the total number of hits for each player.
  5. Compare the ways of showing data with your child. Ask your child if it is easier to see who had the most hits by looking at the bar graph or by looking at the tally marks. Discuss with him other ways to show data, such as comparing numbers or using a picture graph. Ask him which method he prefers.

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