This is one of my students favorite projects each year! We complete it after our math unit for graphing. The bundle contains very specific directions for the project, an outline to get the kids started, a rubric and student examples to motivate them.
The students research a topic that is interesting to them. The put together a PowerPoint presentation that contains two graphs to share what they learn. The students have to determine which data displays would work best for the information collected from the following graphs: stem-and-leaf plot, histogram, box-and-whisker, line graph, broken-line graph, scatter plot, line plot, bar graph, double bar graph, or a circle chart. They also include a slide explaining why you choose the graphs you did. The students are required to label the following landmarks: maximum, minimum, mean, median, mode, range, and any outliers if they exist. Landmarks should be on one slide. Be sure to elaborate on them as you discuss them. Finally, the students include background information about your topic. For example, if you were researching the ages of the 7 Wonders of the World, you could explain what the 7 Wonders are, where they are located, how many tourists they attract, etc. The students are encouraged to try to incorporate a video clip, sound clip or Google Earth if appropriate.