Scatter It! (Using Census Results to Help Predict Melissa’s Height)

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Pupils use the provided census data to guess the future height of a child. They organize and plot the data, solve for the line of best fit, and determine the likely height and range for a specific age. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss other ways to select a sample, such as girls of a specific ethnicity or girls from a specific region
  • Look at photos of 10th graders to understand the amount of height variation to be expected
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes prior knowledge from the previous lesson
Pros

  • Designed for both Common Core standards, GAISE components, and NCTM standards
  • Includes excellent extension ideas
Cons

  • Includes a few minor typos, e.g. on page three, Melissa wants to predict her height, not her age