Predicting the Future with Best-fit Lines

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What career will actually use this math? The activity has pupils determine a best-fit line for given data. Using their best-fit line, they then make predictions before discussing as a class what careers might use scatter plots and best-fit lines—a great way to make connections. The resource is the first of 10 activities connecting mathematics with careers.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide instruction on how to determine best-fit lines prior to the activity
  • Have the class research careers to see what mathematics they use
Classroom Considerations

  • Class members may not be familiar enough with some careers to understand the math those professionals use

  • Provides two different forms, one that uses a graphing calculator and one that does not
  • Includes links to career information

  • None
Common Core