Sampling Variability in the Sample Mean (part 1)

How accurate is data collected from a sample? Learners answer this question using a simulation to model data collected from a sample population. They analyze the data to understand the variability in the results.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Collect data from an entire population, such as all the students in your math classes; run the simulation to model this data
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils need a graphing calculator or similar software to generate random numbers and make statistical calculations
  • Builds on concepts from previous lessons in this series of 30 lessons
Pros

  • Lesson allows pupils to explore the concept through discovery
  • Questions posed generate higher-level analytical thinking
Cons

  • None
Common Core