You are a world-famous statistician. Today you have received an urgent order from the federal government asking you to create a detailed profile of what kind of person is most electable as president. Your profile must be based on data from all 44 previous Commander-in-Chiefs. Consult your “Presidential Records” and analyze the data. Graph the information, look for trends, and create a perfect composite of the nation’s leaders.
In this cross-curricular project, students are asked to graph and interpret data about the 44 U.S. presidents. It can be used as a graphing lesson for math students or a data analysis project in history class.
Various visuals can be used in the assignment: bar graphs, scatter plots, histograms, pie charts, box plots, etc.
This lesson is appropriate for 6th-9th graders, depending on the tasks required by the teacher. It can be adapted for students in upper grade levels by adding more complex graphs and analysis (box-and-whisker, standard deviation, etc.)
The package includes a lesson plan, student prompt, 5 sample graphs, all necessary presidential data, and a rubric.
I am very excited about Common Core’s “Standards for Mathematical Practice,” which aim to make our students competitive in college and the workplace. This particular assignment addresses many of those standards:
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
4. Model with mathematics.
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
6. Attend to precision.
Of course, Domain Standards are also addressed (Grade 6 Math, Grade 8 Math, and Social Studies Literacy). They are listed with the lesson plan.
Formula for a President
by Noah Levinson
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License
Based on a work at www.uncommoned.com