Public Opinions

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Learners evaluate frequencies and their meanings for a two-way data set. Pupils use real data regarding opinions on increasing minimum wage, sectioned by age. As they analyze frequencies, they are led to consider why these counts matter, and draw conclusions about proper ways to describe trends.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Data set could be used in other lessons on probabilities and hypothesis-testing
  • Could be a lead-in for learner collected two-way data and analysis, perhaps linked to current events
  • Would work cross-curriculum with a social studies lesson on the history of the minimum wage
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes learners know the definitions of frequencies (joint and marginal) and how to calculate them 
Pros

  • Real-life data for realistic analysis
  • Leading questions encourage thought beyond straight calculations
Cons

  • Reference link http://secmathccss.wordpress.com/ leads to a locked / private blog
  • No answer key or teaching notes provided
  • Includes homework in an uneditable file (.pdf)
Common Core