Home Runs, Statistics, and Probability

Sports fans will appreciate working with the home run data provided in this lesson. First, they create dot plots, stem and leaf plots, and box plots using data from major league baseball. Middle schoolers then perform an analysis on each set of data, using it to compare the types of plots and how to read them. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create graphic organizers to organize the different types of plots and their features
  • Assign collaborative groups and have each group tackle a different part of the lesson; ask each group to present on their findings
  • Apply the practice to the current season of baseball, or if it's not the correct season, to the previous season
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should be familiarity with measures of central tendency, dot plots, stem and leaf plots, and box plots 

  • Analysis questions are appropriate and encourage interesting comparisons 
  • Includes handout with key and a teacher guide
  • Hits the key components of the Common Core standards

  • Pie graphs shown in the first question are not accurate