Statistical Distributions

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A statistical question is different from other questions because it can be answered using data that may vary or change.  If a question can be answered by a single number or answer, then it is not a statistical question.  This lesson begins by describing a statistical distribution, and providing examples of questions that are and are not statistical questions.  Examples of several types of graph shapes are shown.   The lesson contains an activity where students create a statistical question and collect data to answer it for hands on practice.

Statistical Distributions Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Statistical Distributions
  • Hands-on homework activities where students create their own statistics graph
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grade 6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson begins by describing a statistical distribution, and providing examples of questions that are and are not statistical questions.  Statistical questions can be difficult for students to understand because it can be answered using data that may vary or change. Students are used to questions that can only be answered with one answer, or one number. The lesson also discusses graphing and how to recognize patterns in statistical distributions.  Examples of several types of graph shapes are shown.   The lesson contains an activity where students create a statistical question and collect data to answer it for hands on practice.

Classroom Procedure:

  1. Begin by explaining to students that some questions are asked to gather data about a population while others are not. Ask for examples and see what the class generates.
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce vocabulary and give students additional examples of statistical distribution problems.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes on statistical distribution. Have students practice problems finding the center, shape, and spread.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students practice making up statistical questions with a group.
  5. Follow Activity page with students. Have students work individually or in pairs.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Have students work a few problems at the beginning of the next class to reinforce the algorithm.
  8. In closing, ask students to repeat the four steps used in long division.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.A.1, CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.A.2

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class session

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Additional information

Grade Level

6th Grade

Subject

Math