A family dog supplies the measurements for scatter plots and variables so that students can explore relationships among data sets—not to mention paws and tails.

Contributor Notes

Arla Westenskow, arlawestenskow@gmail.com, taught K—6 math in the Davis School District in Bountiful, Utah, for thirty years. She is currently a doctoral student at Utah State University in Logan, where she teaches elementary mathematics methods courses. She is interested in technology as well as dogs.

Patricia S. Moyer-Packenham, patricia.moyerpackenham@usu.edu, is a professor of mathematics education at Utah State University. Her research focuses on uses of representations in mathematics teaching and learning and mathematics teacher development. The authors thank Ms. Kamille Nielsen, her dog, and her sixth-grade class at Boulton Elementary School in Bountiful, Utah, for their gracious participation in this series of lessons.

(Corresponding author is Westenskow arlawestenskow@gmail.com)
(Corresponding author is Moyer-Packenham patricia.moyerpackenham@usu.edu)
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