Conflict is created as students have to decide which animated movie company, DreamWorks or Pixar, has been more successful. Depending on grade level, students might compare the two companies using box plots or bar graphs (this is a golden opportunity to get into box plots). For example, middle and high school students can use the data to compare movie ratings, box office profits or box office gross earnings with box plots. Elementary students can compare top movies from each company using bar graphs. In the solution materials you can find several different box plots and bar graphs that students might create to compare DreamWorks and Pixar. Students may also come up with other ideas for comparing the two companies.
Consider launching this activity with a few of these Pixar movie trailers and these Dreamworks movie trailers.
For members we have an editable Word docx, an Excel file with graphs, and solutions.
BestAnimations2016.docx Pixar_vs._Dreamworks-teachers2016.xlsx BestAnimations2016-solution.pdf