## Give Me Your Vital Statistics

### Debbie Hartley

#### Description

This is a great -first week of school- activity that allows students to get to know one another while giving them the opportunity to practice their logical thinking skills.

#### Objectives

The student logically sequences information using alphabetical, chronological, and numerical systems.

#### Materials

-Complete list of students' names, birth dates, and age (in random order); one copy for every student
-Vital Statistics Chart; one copy for every student (see Associated File)
-Vital Statistics Chart Overhead (see Associated File)
-One highlighter for every student

#### Preparations

1. Compile a list of students including first and last names, birth dates, and age (in random order). Duplicate one for every student.
2. Duplicate one -Vital Statistics Chart- for every student (see Associated File).
3. Complete your own -Vital Statistics Chart- (see Associated File) to use as a key for scoring.
4. Make an overhead of the -Vital Statistics Chart- (see Associated File).
5. Gather other materials (see materials list).

#### Procedures

Session 1: Give Me Your Vital Statistics
1. Before the students arrive, arrange the desks in groups of 4.

2. Engage the students by telling them this activity will reveal some vital statistics of their classmates.

3. Hand out copies of class lists and the -Vital Statistics Chart-. (see Associated File)

4. Explain their first task: Using the class list, they are to complete the first column of the -Vital Statistics Chart- (see Associated File). They are to write down their classmates’ names, alphabetically, by the last names. Model this by doing the first few for them using the overhead of the -Vital Statistics Chart-. Instruct them to use the highlighter to highlight the names only on the class list. Make sure there are no questions before they get started.

5. Circulate as the students work. At the end of the period, instruct them to complete the first column if necessary.

Session 2: Give Me Your Vital Statistics
1. As the students enter the class, instruct them to sit with a different group of students. Instruct them to take out the class list and their -Vital Statistics Chart.- (see Associated File)

2. Instruct them on how to complete the rest of the chart. In column 2, students' names are to be arranged by birth date, starting with January 1 and so on. Column 3 is to be arranged by age, oldest first. Model the first few using the -Vital Statistics Chart- (see Associated File) overhead. Make sure you instruct them to write down the names and the birthdate and age in the appropriate columns and to highlight the information as they use it.

3. Circulate as the students work and provide feedback.

Session 3: Give Me Your Vital Statistics
1. Before the students arrive, arrange the desks back into rows.

2. After the students arrive, give them time to complete the work from session 2 independently. Make sure you leave 15 minutes at the end of the period.

3. When 15 minutes are left, collect all the papers. Review these for formative assessment.

4. Next, tell the students that it’s time for introductions. Introduce the students alphabetically, and have them come to the front of the room, standing shoulder to shoulder, as they are introduced.
**Variation: Knowing how we love to sit them alphabetically at the beginning of the year to make it easier to learn their names, you could have all of them come to the front of the class first. You could then have them sit down as you call them, creating a seating chart and introducing them at the same time!

#### Assessments

1. Use the completed -Vital Statistics Chart- (see Associated File) to formatively assess the students’ ability to logically sequence information using: alphabetizing, chronological order, and numerical systems.

#### Extensions

1. -Vital Statistics Charts- (see Associated File) could be used as a jumping off point for student interviews.
2. -Vital Statistics Charts- (see Associated File) could be used to make “Birthday Calendars” to display in the classroom.
3. -Vital Statistics Charts- (see Associated File) could be used by the math teacher in the instruction of graph making, charting, ratio, etc.

#### Attached Files

A Vital Statistics Chart.     File Extension: pdf