Measurement and Data

Represent and interpret data.

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This Mixing in Math activity combines data collection and analysis by having learners track attendance over time, in order to identify trends in data. Students count and record how many of the group are present and absent each day for at least a week. Discussion involves the range, the minimum and the maximum values and to look for other patterns in how many show up on which days. Variations of the activity, a printable version in pdf format, and two book recommendations are included. | Activity Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 | |

In this article from "The Statistics Teacher Network", volume 79 pages 2-5, Jessica Cohen explains where and how Statistics and Probability fit into the Common Core State Standards. Cohen explains grade by grade where statistics fits into the CCSS standards and then explains how probability fits in even though there are no probability standards prior to Grade 6. | Reference Materials, Article Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+ | |

This lesson plan assesses student interpretation of graphs utilizing cooperative learning to further students understanding. Types of graphs used are horizontal and vertical bar graphs, picture graphs, and pictographs. In the lesson students play a game called the Graphing Game Show, in which they must work as a team to answer questions about specific graphs. The lesson includes four student resource worksheets and suggestions for extension and differentiation. | Activity, Lesson Plans Grade Level: 1, 2, 3 | |

In this statistics lesson plan (PDF format), students follow the four components of statistical problem solving as outlined in the GAISE report, in order to determine whether the color of a drink effects its taste. Once students have collected the data from two different sample groups they must create a pie chart (circle graph) or a bar graph to represent each set of data. Student then analyze the data and determine what marketing implications their experiment would indicate. The lesson plan includes, a data collection sheet, assessment, and possible extension suggestions. | Activity, Lesson Plans Grade Level: 3, 4, 5 | |

In this statistics lesson plan, students gather information using the Internet about party affiliation and age at time of inauguration of current and past Presidents in order to construct a bar graph and a histogram. Once all of the data is collected students work together to complete the appropriate data displays and compare and contrast their findings. The lesson plan includes questions for reflection and discussion, student activity sheet, answer key, and an assessment option activity sheet and answer key. | Lesson Plans Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6+ | |

In this month-long interdisciplinary project students collect weather data, determine the best visual representation for displaying it, and discuss the patterns and implications of their findings. This resource includes extension and assessment suggestions and guiding questions. | Activity, Lesson Plans, Project Grade Level: 3, 4, 5 | |

This AIMS Blog entry details activities with Halloween candy based on the book, “Harriett’s Halloween Candy” by Nancy Carlson. The blog entry describes sorting and graphing activities including guiding questions, a PDF of the activities for students, a link to the smart board version of the activity, a link to the Promethean version of the activity, and a PDF of the Halloween bags. | Activity, Lesson Plans, Community Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 | |

In this unit of five lessons from NCTM's Illuminations, students explore the numbers of letters in their names and create bar graphs, pictographs, circle graphs, and glyphs. They also find the range, compute measures of center, and create box-and-whisker plots. Individual lessons link to related tools where appropriate, and include questions for students, assessment options, teacher reflection questions, and sometimes extensions. | Lesson Plans, Graph Grade Level: 3, 4, 5 | |

In this statistics lesson students collect data from their bug - whacking activity and organize the gathered data in a table. The class creates a pictograph of the total number of each bug swatted by the students. Learners individually create a bar graph of the data and compare the representations. The lesson plan includes a table to collect data, a bug template for the activity, a bug template for the pictograph, and a student worksheet for the bar graph. Extensions and connection ideas, writing prompts and assessment questions, and strategies for differentiation are included. | Activity, Lesson Plans Grade Level: 1, 2, 3 |