Census in Counties - Describing and Comparing Histograms to Understand American Life

Use graphs to interpret life in 136 counties. Pupils analyze histograms and describe the shapes of the distributions of data collected from several counties on different aspects of life. Scholars make predictions on the difference in counties based on the shape of the histograms. Using their knowledge of measures of center and variability, class members describe the shapes of histograms based solely on numerical statistics. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Review skewness and the direction of skewness, as they are often confused
Classroom Considerations
  • The class should be comfortable with measures of center and variability
  • Expects that students know how to read and interpret histograms and a five-number summary
Pros
  • Includes links to the actual data that creates the graphs
  • Contains a suggestion for extension
Cons
  • None
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