Gapminder.com is a very powerful data analysis tool that uses the most current data to allow everyone to look at trends within our world. It is a great learning tool, but if your students are anything like mine, they need direction and structure. I created this lesson to help my students understand this powerful tool at the basic level so that we can use it to investigate statistics in my Algebra 1 class. This will also help cover S.Q.2 from the Common Core for Algebra 1. You can find my complete scope and sequence at http://algebra1teachers.com, please come by a take a look!
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You will need computers for every student for this activity to run effectively. You may also want to print a reference sheet for each student from www.gapminder.org/world depending on how well your students understand technology.
• Understand the graphical representations within Gapminder.org
• Create a table from the data
• Identify independent and dependent variables
• Understand the meaning of individual points on a scatterplot
• Make conclusions and justify them using data from a graph
I hope you find gapmaster as useful as I have. If you use the introduction to gapmaster.org activity, please leave feedback. I would love to hear from you. Thank you.