## Home Activity

### What's The Point

Francine’s Reverse-a-Balls have come to your neighborhood and are scrambling words and phrases all around your home. Challenge your child to unscramble them while building vocabulary, spelling, and math skills.

### Related Game

Reverse-A-Ball – Francine is slamming Earth with her reverse-a-balls and scrambling up all the words. Find and turn off the reverse-a-ball machines, and unscramble the words.

• Build vocabulary and spelling skills
• Create and use a bar graph
• Use basic math to compare outcomes

### Book Suggestions

• Bar Graphs
by Vijaya Bodach
• Tiger Math: Learning to Graph from a Baby Tiger
by Ann Whitehead Nagda

### Supplies

• Printed materials such as newspapers, magazines, or advertisements
• Scissors
• Paper and pencil
• Crayons or markers
• Stopwatch

### How Do I Do It?

1. Gather printed material. Find five words, and cut out each word.
2. Now cut out the individual letters. Keep the letters for each word in a separate pile on the table. Number the word piles 1-5.
3. Shuffle the letters in each pile.
4. Challenge your child to unscramble the words as fast as she can. Using a stopwatch or the second hand on a watch or clock, record her times unscrambling each pile.
5. With your child, create a bar graph displaying the different times. Put the numbers for each word pile along the bottom of the graph (X-axis) and time increments in seconds up the side of the graph (Y-axis).
6. Compare the words. Ask questions such as:
• Which word took the longest amount of time to unscramble? Shortest?
• How many more seconds did it take to complete the longest word scramble than the shortest?
• How long did it take to unscramble all five piles (add up all the times)?

### Take It Further

Switch roles. Have your child find his own five reverse-a-ball words for you to unscramble.

Instead of cutting apart words, try cutting apart 5-word phrases (such as: “Yesterday at the local pool…”). Take turns scrambling and unscrambling these word phrases.

Create the bar graph on a computer using a numbers processing program, such as Excel or Numbers. Invite your child to present her findings to you in an official “report” from Prankster Planet.