We have been very busy learning about SURVEYS, VOTING, and DATA COLLECTION this week. Coincidentally, there is a municipal election going on right now and some of the voters will be heading to our school on Saturday!
Our first work involved looking at the two surveys we have done on our Edublog: Favourite Walking Stick Insect and Favourite Pet. We found out that the number of votes in our survey doesn’t actually tell us how many PEOPLE voted. (It’s a good thing that government voting keeps track of the names of people!) We could tell, however, that not everyone in the class voted for the first survey, because there were only 14 votes. The second survey had 31 votes, but we found out that some people voted twice and some people didn’t vote at all. Pink Winged Walking Sticks were the favourite stick bug and dogs were the favourite pet. We looked at which came second, which came last, and made some comparisons between the choices. There was a lot of GOOD MATH going on!!!
FINALLY, Mrs. B. let us get down to the exciting activity of giving our hamster a name!
We collected a LOT of different ideas for a good hamster name
(3 groups of 19 = well… an easier question is…
3 groups of 20 = 60,
then take away 3 = 57…
then add a couple of names suggested online….
but take away the names that were suggested twice….
Oh GEE, let’s just say we had a LOT of names!!!)
Take a look at our TAGXEDO of Hamster Names!
In our first round of voting, we picked our favourite 3 or 4 names.
That helped us narrow down the choices to 12 names (Burnout, Flash, Fluffy, Nibbles, Ollie, Runsalot, Speedy, Sputnik, Teddy, Wiggles, Zap, Zappy).
Then we voted again and ended up with just 4 names:
Fluffy, Teddy, Wiggles, and Zap.
(Mrs. Boekhout’s favourite had been “Sputnik”, but this name didn’t make it into the final round.)
In the last round of voting, the winning name was
We hope our new little hamster
likes his new name!