This article is written for middle school students to learn about statistics. The article explains statistical questioning, measures of center, and measures of variability. A graphic organizer, partner reading activity, and student directions are included to use at the station. Reading and summarizing this article has been a great way to get students comfortable with statistics.
This article was written by Kimberly Wasylyk, a math teacher with 10 years of experience.
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CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.A.1 Recognize a statistical question as one that anticipates variability in the data related to the question and accounts for it in the answers. For example, “How old am I?” is not a statistical question, but “How old are the students in my school?” is a statistical question because one anticipates variability in students’ ages.
CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.A.2 Understand that a set of data collected to answer a statistical question has a distribution which can be described by its center, spread, and overall shape.
CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.A.3 Recognize that a measure of center for a numerical data set summarizes all of its values with a single number, while a measure of variation describes how its values vary with a single number.
Middle School Math Article - Statistics, Center, and Variability
by Kimberly Wasylyk
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