Correlation or Causation: That Is The Question

Did I cause that? The lesson provides definitions of correlation and causation along with types of causation. Within the presentation, pupils analyze erroneous conclusions based upon correlation. Groups then develop a newscast based upon other dubious correlations.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Research the Internet for other examples of strange correlations
Classroom Considerations

  • Some of the examples may not be suitable for all classes
  • Learners should understand how to graph data points and calculate correlation coefficients

  • PowerPoint provides notes for the teacher
  • Uses learning goals to organize the assessments

  • None
Common Core