You Will Soon Analyze Categorical Data (Classifying Fortune Cookie Fortunes)

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Would you rely on a fortune cookie for advice? The lesson first requires future statisticians to categorize 100 fortune cookie fortunes into four types: prophecy, advice, wisdom, and misc. The lesson goes on to have learners use relative, joint, and marginal frequencies to compare their data to a published data set.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have the class and other teachers collect fortune cookie fortunes to produce the required number of fortunes
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners need prior experience with two-way tables, such as calculating relative frequencies
  • If using an extension activity, pupils will benefit from having previous experience with hypothesis testing
Pros

  • Teacher resource has a list of fortune cookie fortunes to print if cookies are not available
  • Lesson includes optional extension activity for advanced statistics students
Cons

  • None