Much like the Human Number Line
activities available in my shop, this Human Box Plot idea is simple and effective.
There are three sets of cards. After shuffling and distributing the cards, the teacher asks each student from the first group to bring their card to the front of the room. The students need to assemble themselves in numerical order. Next, the students with the 5-number summary cards for that group have to position themselves in the appropriate place along the Human Box Plot. So, the student with the Median sign stands by the student with the numerical card that represents the median. The student with the Upper Quartile sign stands by the student with the numerical card that represents the upper quartile, and so on. The students who are still at their seats can offer suggestions or corrections as needed. Once the Human Box Plot is complete, those students return to their seats, and the procedure is repeated for the other two groups.
If part of the 5-figure summary needs to be calculated, there is room on the sign for the student to write in the value. For example, in the data set 1, 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, the median has to be calculated, so the sign says “The median is _______.” You may choose to laminate the signs so the student can write down the answer (4), and then the card can be reused next time.
The three sets include a total of 37 cards, so every student will have a chance to participate. You could do all 3 sets, one after the other, in one period, or you could just use 1 or 2 sets, or even space the sets out over a few days.
And all the materials are already made for you! Just print them, and slice each page in half. There’s even a key for each 5-number summary.
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