Grade 6, Chapter 7 Investigation Organizer:

**1. Plan It**

**A. Bring a newspaper from home.** List the different sections of the newspaper.

**B. Survey four people.** The survey should include a person from each of these age groups: under 30, 30 60, and over 60. Ask these people to name their three favorite newspaper sections.

**Our planning completed**

**2. Put It Together**

** A. Organize your data. ** Find the fraction of total responses for each section.

- Use a sheet of paper to represent each page, or use the Newspaper Results chart here on Education Place.
- Decide on the column width and length of your newspaper.
- Example: Use two 3-in. by 10-in. columns per page.

**3. Wrap It Up**

**A. Decide on the column length.** Decide how many column inches to allow for each section.

- Find the total column inches in your six-page newspaper:

Inches per column x columns per page x number of pages = total column inches.

**For example: 10 x 2 x 6 = 120 in.** - Find the column inches for each section by multiplying the total number of inches by the section's fraction:

For example, International News:

**120 x 3/36 = 10 in. (1/2 page)**

**B. How many pages will each section have?** Block the space based on your results. Write a title for each section.

**Our layout completed**

**4. Discuss Your Results**

- Did you meet the objectives listed in Keep In Mind?
- How well did you use fractions in your calculations?
- Did the space distribution layout reflect your survey?
- How clear and complete are the data on your chart?
- Did your group share responsibilities well?
- Which section took more of the total space in your newspaper than in a real paper?
- Which section took less space?

**Review completed**

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