This resource uses data from the Rio games and past summer games to review and teach data and statistics concepts including: mean, median, mode, range, interquartile range, MAD, histograms, dot plots and box-and-whisker plots.
The first resource in this packet is the Summer Athletic Medal Contest. Data is provided about previous medal counts for 9 countries. Divide your class into as many as 9 groups, and have each group pick a country based on the data they are given. Points are awarded based on the number of gold, silver and bronze medals won by the chosen country.
After students have chosen their country, there is an in-depth analysis for each country. Students will practice finding mean, median, mode and range, as well as constructing histograms, dot plots and box-and-whisker plots. Based on this analysis, students will make predictions for the number of gold, silver and bronze medals for their chosen country.
In order to help prepare your students for the requirements of the country analysis, there are also notes sheets included, as well as practice worksheets. There is a notes page for measures of central tendency and measures of variability, as well as a handout about how to construct different graphic displays (histograms, dot plots and box-and-whisker plots). Finally, there are practice worksheets about measures of central tendency and measures of variability.
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