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Pumpkin Seed Graphing

An annual visit to a pumpkin patch leads to the introduction of behavior-over-time for a kindergarten class. The teacher uses two containers – one with 10 seeds, the other empty.  Students select numbered cubes (0, 1 or 2) at random to determine how many seeds will move from one container to the other. The total number of seeds in the second container is represented on the graph below.

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 The second and third graphs show the number of pumpkin seeds in both containers over time.

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The fourth graph explores linear growth. The class moves two seeds at a time from one container to the other and graphs the results.

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