Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers

State Data and interactive Map

This discussion is part of a collection:Great Sites for Real Data

If you are looking for a lesson in data handling (analysis and display), this one from NCTM’s Illuminations is nice. Search “State Data” and be sure to try the “State Data Map” applet which makes the handling handy. The map, linked from the lesson, stores data in 11 mostly geographical or political categories, automatically displays the numbers along with a color coded map and a box and whisker plot.

Would you contribute your favorite data sources to this discussion? They may end up in the Mathlanding catalog and we'd be very grateful.


I thought these sites would be easier to use. With all the teaching constrains we have, sometimes it's best to have the data 'ready to go' for the students to manipulate. Maybe I didn't spend enough time finding the data.....

Once you open the application there is a tool bar on the top left, you can use the toolbar to drag down and select any one of the pre-existing data sets. Also be sure to check out the Illuminations lesson that is associated with this interactive map. Hope this helps!

Hi J Henning,
It is unfortunate that many data sites present the data without making it easily accessible. Re-keying in the data is especially tedious and wasteful. Perhaps you would benefit from another discussion thread "Importing Data and Google Spreadsheet." For a varied selection of data sites, see the Classroom Collection called "Great Sites for Real Data."

By the way did you find the Illuminations lesson that goes with the State Data app? Will it be of use to you?

I have found NFL data to be very useful in 5th and 6th grade classes. We have graphed the wins and losses, yards gained, compared players, and made predictions over an entire season.
I have also found stock market data to be useful, especially if you give students an amount of "money" to invest and then track their gains over a few weeks or months.

Do the girls in your class enjoy the data on the NFL?

I find that girls are engaged in learning about the stats from the NFL, even girls that are not "sporty" tend to like to learn about football since the boys talk about it so much. It also provides some common ground between kids that are more "book smart" and kids that are more "sport smart".