On Friday, we participated in the 2nd month of Solve It Your Way! The question posed this month was, “Who in your family can jump the highest?” Since we wanted to do the experiment at school, we changed the question to, “Who in 3rd grade can jump the highest?” Then, it was time to get started! We knew our first step was to figure out how we would measure each jump. Gabby also mentioned we needed to figure out the materials needed to complete the experiment. Individually, everyone put their ideas on paper. Next, we had a classroom discussion on the concept we would use. Pieces of tape could be stuck on a wall to measure a jump, but would it be fair if we measured from the ground? Most likely not. The tallest student would probably have the best chance. So, how could we do it and make it fair? Mackenzie had a brilliant idea! She said we should mark how high a person could reach while simply standing. Then, they would mark their jump with another piece of tape. The space in between those, would equal how high the student had jumped! Great thinking Mackenzie! This turned out to be the best idea in 3rd grade, so all of the classes used it. Here is a short video so you have a visual of our solution to this month’s ‘Solve It Your Way!
A few cool statistics:
- 92% of our class increased on their 2nd jump.
- 8% of our class did not increase on their 2nd jump.
- Trevor and Jake both increased their jumps by 3 inches (the most in our class).
- The highest girl jump was Atiana with 8 inches.
- The highest boy jump was Trevor with 10 inches.
- We are still waiting to find out the highest in 3rd grade!