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Statistical Measurements

What was your age the first time you lost a tooth, broke a bone, or learned to ride a bike? Young mathematicians choose a set of data to examine with an educational instructional activity on statistical measurements. After they collect data and calculate the measures of central tendency and spread, they create a slideshow presentation with their calculations and include a description of the numbers. 

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CCSS: Designed
Concepts

Instructional Ideas

  • Guide pupils to select a data collection topic that would typically include outliers
  • Extension possibilities: compare the calculations to each other or compare data collected from different class periods
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires access to spreadsheet and word processing software
  • A small data size is collected, which doesn't create a reliable data set or description opportunities
Pros

  • The lesson description contains tips and suggestions to enhance the lesson
Cons

  • None
Common Core

Included Materials

  • "Statistical Measurements" PowerPoint presentation for Teacher Use"
  • “Worksheet: Statistical Measurements”
  • “Sample Worksheet: Statistical Measurements”
  • "Sample: Statistical Measurements in Excel"
  • “Worksheet: Slides and Presentation Rubric”
  • “Step Sheet: Creating a PowerPoint Presentation”
  • “Step Sheet: Inserting Text and Clip Art or Graphics”
  • “Step Sheet: Gathering and Inserting Electronic Images”
  • “Step Sheet: Putting the Slide Show Together”
  • “Step Sheet : Using a Projection Device”

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