This assignment can be used in many ways to allow students to engage in the inquiry process while practicing valuable statistics skills.
Promotes Curiosity & Critical Thinking:
In today’s digital world, curiosity is a lost art form; if we have a question, we simply ask Google. There’s no need to think deeply or wonder about the world, because many answers are already online! This project helps students practice the curiosity that is critical for the inquiry process by engaging them in questioning about their school and their peers. Do 5th graders and 1st graders have different favorite flavors of ice cream? What is the favorite video game of 4th-6th graders? Which Harry Potter book do 4th graders prefer, and is that different from their favorite Harry Potter movie? These questions can’t be Googled, and giving students space to ask and explore questions that are of personal interest will spark creative thinking.
Practices Statistics Skills:
Throughout this project, students will be learning how to develop a statistical question with variable data, create unbiased surveys to collect data, choose an appropriate graph, organize data from surveys efficiently, and how to present their findings to their peers. These skills can be addressed on many levels, differentiating to meet the needs of all students.