Module 8: Modeling Data

Statistics come front and center in this unit all about analyzing discrete data. Real-world situations yield data sets that the class then uses to tease out connections and conclusions. Beginning with the basic histogram and box-and-whisker plot, the lessons progress in difficulty through two-way frequency tables, scatter plots, and correlation coefficients. Along the way, plenty of chances occur for practice of developing skills with an emphasis on evaluation of conclusions within the context of the problems.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Extending the analysis of two-way frequency tables to an introduction of matrices might intrigue the more computer-minded learner
  • Use this lesson as a springboard for a larger data analysis independent or class project
  • Great as a self-contained unit for independent study or homebound learners
Classroom Considerations

  • Teaching tips in secondary link (provided in included materials)
  • Focus on topical technology (specifically texting) might date this unit for future use
  • Sometimes a lesson's activities heavily rely on the methods of the previous lesson, a consideration for those absent
Pros

  • Well-developed lessons and practice sets make for a strong stand-alone unit or individual activities for supplementation
  • Realistic data sets lead to meaningful conclusions
  • Scaffolded work through the unit leads to deeper understanding of statistical methods
Cons

  • No summative assessment
  • No answer keys provided
  • Different methods of analyzing discrete data (1-way frequency methods, 2-way frequency methods, scatterplot analysis) are not linked together in an overall analysis strategy
  • Page 6 Khan Academy box and whisker link and pg 11 Star Trek statistics two way table link are both dead links
Included Materials - Join to Access

  • Introduction to the Materials
  • Module 8: Student Edition
  • Module 8: Teacher Edition (Honors)
  • Module 8: Student Edition (Honors)
  • Core Alignment Document
  • Core Alignment Document (Honors)