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mediaawareness_1 - Grade Level 3-4 Estimation and Your TV...

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G r a d e L e v e l : 3 - 4 Estimation and Your TV Diet Master Teacher Samantha Davidson ITV/P RIME T IME S ERIES The Eddie Files “Estimation: Going to the Dogs” (#102) O VERVIEW In this lesson, students will develop their estimation skills while evaluating their television-watching habits. By comparing data about the number of hours of television (and commercials) they watch compared to hours spent on other activities, they will draw conclusions about the influence of television in their lives. L EARNING O BJECTIVES Students will be able to apply estimation techniques to determine the number of hours of television (and commercials) they watch and compare with other activities collect and organize data and display the data in charts use their data to test a hypothesis explain conclusions drawn from the data clearly and logically and support the conclusions with evidence in both oral and written form consider the purpose and audience when communicating M ATERIALS Graph paper for each student Pencils and crayons or markers in various colors Rulers Television and VCR One typical hour of commercial children’s television (afternoon or evening) on videotape P RE - VIEWING ACTIVITIES For homework the night before, choose one 30-minute show for all students to watch on television. Have them count the number of commercials in that hour from after the opening credits to the closing credits. In class, compare numbers and discuss any discrepancies in counting. How can we use this number to estimate the number of ads in an hour? in 24 hours? in a week?
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E s t i m a t i o n a n d Y o u r T V D i e t Define: estimate/estimation, veterinarian. Ask students to estimate the number of shoes in the classroom. How did they do it? Then actually count the shoes. How close did they get? F OCUS FOR V IEWING Ask students to listen for the three things Miss Toliver’s students have to estimate for homework. Ask them to raise their hands when they hear all three. V IEWING A CTIVITIES Play video from the beginning of the program. Pause the tape after Miss Toliver asks the students to estimate how many biscuits are in the box. How would they do it?
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