Comparing Distributions

Data distributions can be compared in terms of center, variability, and shape. Two exploratory challenges present data in two different displays to compare. The displays of histograms and box plots require different comparisons based upon the information available. An exit ticket along with a problem set complete the lesson. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Consider using data from other countries to make comparisons
  • Generate questions relative to the class that could be answered using the available data (i.e. What percentage of the population is in the same age range as you?)
Classroom Considerations

  • The eighth lesson of a 20-lesson module
Pros

  • Presents instruction in an exploratory method, allowing for the building of the concept, as opposed to being told
  • The resource provides sample solutions to open-ended questions about the data
Cons

  • None