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Modeling Data

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Is there a better way to display data to analyze it? Pupils represent data in a variety of ways using number lines, coordinate graphs, and tables. They determine that certain displays work with different types of data and use two-way...
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How to Calculate Sample Size and Margin of Error

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Explore the effect sample size has on margin of error and confidence interval. The instructor calculates the margin of error of fictional data. He shows how the calculation changes when the sample size changes while keeping the other...
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What Does This Graph Tell You?

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
What can math say about natural phenomena? The fifth STEM lesson in this project-based learning series asks collaborative groups to choose a phenomenon of interest and design an experiment to simulate the phenomenon. After collecting...
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Two Way Tables

For Students 8th - 10th Standards
When presented with categorical data, a two-way frequency table is a great way to summarize the information. Pupils organize categorical data using a two-way table, then use the tables to determine missing data and to calculate simple...
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Play Ball!

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Math and sports meet on the baseball diamond in the first STEM lesson in a series of six that asks pupils to collect and perform comparative analyses of data specific to baseball. Following the analysis, scholars create a presentation...
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I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Future statisticians and potential psychics first conduct an experiment to collect data on whether a person can tell if someone is staring at them. Statistical methods, such as hypothesis testing, chi-square tests, binomial tests, and...
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The Case of the Careless Zookeeper

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Herbivores and carnivores just don't get along. Using a box of animal crackers, classes collect data about the injury status of herbivores and carnivores in the box. They complete the process of chi-square testing on the data from...
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Saga of Survival (Using Data about Donner Party to Illustrate Descriptive Statistics)

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What did gender have to do with the survival rates of the Donner Party? Using comparative box plots, classes compare the ages of the survivors and nonsurvivors. Using the same method, individuals make conclusions about the gender and...
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First Day Statistics Activity—Grouping Qualitative Data

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Making groups of groups can help to organize data. Classes use statistics to group themselves using descriptive adjectives. The objective is for learners to understand that grouping qualitative data is useful when the original groups are...
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You Will Soon Analyze Categorical Data (Classifying Fortune Cookie Fortunes)

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Would you rely on a fortune cookie for advice? The lesson first requires future statisticians to categorize 100 fortune cookie fortunes into four types: prophecy, advice, wisdom, and misc. The lesson goes on to have learners use...
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A Sweet Task

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Candy is always an effective motivator! A fun math activity uses M&M's and Skittles to explore two-way frequency tables and conditional probability. The candy can serve a dual purpose as manipulatives and experimental data.
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Describing Data

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Your learners will practice many ways of describing data using coordinate algebra in this unit written to address many Common Core State Standards. Simple examples of different ways to organize data are shared and then practice problems...
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Module 8: Modeling Data

For Teachers 8th - 10th Standards
Statistics come front and center in this unit all about analyzing discrete data. Real-world situations yield data sets that the class then uses to tease out connections and conclusions. Beginning with the basic histogram and...
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End of Year Practice Test (Algebra I)

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
This complete multiple choice and short answer practice end-of-year test for algebra 1 offers a wealth of opportunities for customization. Offer it as a whole, to track progress or prepare the class for the format of the test, or...
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Architecture and Construction: Stair Construction

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Within the context of the construction industry, algebra pros begin to calculate slope from the sizes of stair steps. This is a terrific lesson, especially for aspiring engineers. Just be aware that it might be a stretch to meet all of...
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Stochastic and Deterministic Modeling

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Explore the difference between stochastic and deterministic modeling through programming. First have the class write algorithms for relatively simple tasks using pseudocode. Use the Python 2.7 program app to simulate Mendel's Pea Pod...
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Algorithm Discovery with Venn Diagrams

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Here is a lesson that takes an interesting approach to analyzing data using box and whisker plots.  By using an applet that dynamically generates Venn diagrams, the class forms a strategy/algorithm for guessing the rule that fits the...
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Representing Data 2: Using Box Plots

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What information can be gleaned from a box and whiskers plot? Discuss the five summary values - minimum, maximum, upper and lower quartiles, and median - and what conclusions can be made from these values? Included here is a matching...
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Representing Data 1: Using Frequency Graphs

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Here is a lesson that focuses on the use of frequency graphs to identify a range of measures and makes sense of data in a real-world context as well as constructing frequency graphs given information about the mean, median, and range of...
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Musical Preferences

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
If you like rap music, are you more likely to like rock music?  Use statistical analysis to determine if there is a positive association between rap and rock in this particular sample. While the problem is relatively simple, the...
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Health Science: Back to Basics

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
This lesson plan focuses on unit conversion, proportions, ratios, exponents, and the metric system. Discuss measurement with your math class and demonstrate how to solve several health-science word problems. Give learners a chance to...
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Application and Modeling of Standard Deviation

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The first activity in this resource has learners computing the mean and standard deviation of two different data sets and drawing conclusions based on their results. The second activity has them using a dice-rolling simulation to...
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Devising a Measure for Correlation

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How well does your class understand the concept of correlation? Use an activity to explore different methods of calculating correlation. Working alone and then in groups, your class will make decisions on what math to apply to the...