Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Grade(s) 6 resources related to the following standard:
Statistics and Probability
Summarize and describe distributions.
4. Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and box plots.

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This Flash tool allows students to make a box plot of their data, using up to four categories of their own choosing, or using one of the data sets provided. The tool will plot all the data together, or break it out by category. Students can set a multiple of the Interquartile Range to be the Extreme Range, and exclude that data from the graph if they wish. Associated lessons (free) and a Mathematics Assessment Sampler (for purchase) are linked at the right side of the page.
Activity, Graph
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6+
In this lesson, students learn some of the pitfalls of doing surveys. They also learn to examine the distribution of data, including data clusters, the range and mode(s). The lesson plan is supported with curriculum and standards alignments, a handout, assessment materials (rtf format), and a video segment.
Lesson Plans, Video
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6+
In this 4 minute Cyberchase video students learn to recognize the characteristics of good data collection and the implications of data clusters. The accompanying lesson plan includes data displays through which students must analyze the data collection techniques and predict the meaning of the data distributions. The lesson plan includes two assessment options (one with a table and one with a scatterplot) and a student worksheet.
Assessment, Lesson Plans, Video
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6+
This interactive Shockwave applet helps students learn about using frequency tables to organize data and using several visual representations to interpret data. At each of three levels the user collects and records simulated data about a class of students, and then chooses a graph that represents the given data. Representations include circle graphs, line graphs, histograms, and simple scatter plots. The Key Ideas page offers background information on graphs and data analysis. A set of supplementary student activity printouts (Words, Words, Words) is available for further practice.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6+
In this lesson students see how data collection and analysis can aid in decision making. Learners are introduced to the concepts of range, mean, median, and mode. The lesson is supported with curriculum and standards alignments, a 3.5 minute video, a handout, and assessment materials (rtf format), accessible prior to viewing the video.
Activity, Lesson Plans, Video
Grade Level: 5, 6+
This unit of four lessons from NCTM's Illuminations lets students conduct surveys and represent data in a variety of ways. They also find and compare measures of center. The lessons center around a food court, where students create and use menus in a meaningful way. Topics covered include bar graphs, line plots, and pictographs, measures of center, and probability of events. Individual lessons link to related tools where appropriate, and include questions for students, assessment options, and teacher reflection questions.
Lesson Plans
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
This lesson, from Illuminations, gives students practice in measurement and in displaying and interpreting data through box-and-whisker plots. Students may draw the plots themselves or use the online Box Plotter tool. Learning objectives, materials, student questions, extensions, teacher reflections, and NCTM Standards alignment are provided.
Lesson Plans
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5