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This is another awesome project that I borrowed from NCTM's illuminations. Great site for projects and activities!

I use this activity when I teach line of best fit. My students always enjoy it!

In the past I have used Barbie Bungee as a project but I decided to use it this year as a closing when teaching lines of best fit. I believe I counted it as a quiz since the packet was comprehensive. 

On Monday, my class had a quiz that I knew we would have about 15 minutes afterward that would be perfect to collect the data needed. Each group of 4 brought a Barbie/action figure and measured the distance of the bungee jump with 2 rubber bands, then 4 rubber bands, and then 6, 8, 10, and 12 rubber bands. I had taped measuring tape around my classroom for students to measure on. Now, I knew groups would forgot to bring a barbie doll/action figure since it was a Monday (not real sure why I gave a quiz on a Monday but I did) and I knew we would not be using the data till the Friday of that week so groups had a few extra days to get the data in. I still made them create a barbie doll and do the trials that day and the groups who forgot brought in a Barbie Doll/action figure the next few days. 

We only had 1 casualty--you will be able to see Barbie's head falling off due the impact of hitting the pavement. 

These videos were taken during the launch of the Barbies.

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02/19/2014 11:53

Hi, my name is MacKenzie. I am in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. My major is Secondary Education Mathematics. Barbie Bungee sounds like an interesting project. I can tell the students really enjoy it by the laughing in the background of the videos! I think it is great how the use of this project produces excitement in your students. Especially when it is a subject in which not all students express interest in. I am glad to hear that only one barbie lost her life in the name of math!

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Natalie Turbiville
02/20/2014 06:56

Thank you for that observation. It is a fun activity...I think I still have a barbie laying around my room somewhere.

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04/26/2014 09:56

Great idea! I feel bad for the Barbies though! :)

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Ideas for teaching high school and middle school math. Innovative approaches that address the changing ways that today's student learns material.