Measurement | Graphing Data INB Activities | Crack the Code

Grade Levels
5th - 7th
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55 pages
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Kids grow in lots of ways during a school year and they like nothing better than using their own data! This fun set of activities starts with their beginning-of-the-year heights, using measurements generated by your students to build scatter plots, stem & leaf plots, and histograms - a terrific way to bring data to life.

With more than a dozen activities and extensions, this is a resource that keeps on giving - from the initial measurements of height, wingspans, and footprints, to the final student observations and discussions. Each activity walks students through examples, using Mrs. K's Classroom data.

These fun activities begin with a back-to-school kickoff and can be used as a unit of study with stations or as stand-alone centers, throughout the year.

The nice thing about this unit is that you can start off with just the measurement part and pick up the other activities as they fit in your schedule.

Included is a set of height, wingspan and footprint data from my 6th grade class (Mrs. K's Class). Your students will be eager to look at the different comparisons they can make between the two classrooms, as well as within their own group.

Part 1: Collecting the Data

Measuring Height, Wingspan, Footprint

♦ Height Activity: Silent Number Line / Ordering Centimeters

♦ Wingspan Activity: Ordering Cm & Measuring Distance

♦ Height~Wingspan Comparing Data Extension Activities

Part 2: Using the Data

♦ Organizing Data

♦ Scatter Plot

♦ Stem & Leaf Plot Activities

♦ Exploring Mean, Median, Mode, and Range

♦ Histograms


Height~Wingspan Ibis Poster & Bird Task Cards Activity

Naming Centimeters~ Crack the Code! Activity

♦ All teacher notes

♦ Let’s Measure Up! Student Instruction Posters

♦ Classroom Data Recording Sheets

♦ Mrs. K’s 6th Grade Class Data Answer Keys for ordering data, scatter plots, stem-leaf plots

INB Activities pages

♦ Height~Wingspan Bird Task Card Student Pages

♦ Scatter Plot

♦ Stem & Leaf - Mrs. K's Class Activities

♦ Explore Mean, Median, & Mode - Mrs. K’s Class

♦ Stem & Leaf - Your Class Data
Includes Mean, Median, & Mode

♦ Stem & Leaf - Compare Classes 
includes Mean, Median, & Mode, Let’s Compare, and Drawing Conclusions

♦ Histograms

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.
Informally assess the degree of visual overlap of two numerical data distributions with similar variabilities, measuring the difference between the centers by expressing it as a multiple of a measure of variability. For example, the mean height of players on the basketball team is 10 cm greater than the mean height of players on the soccer team, about twice the variability (mean absolute deviation) on either team; on a dot plot, the separation between the two distributions of heights is noticeable.
Understand that statistics can be used to gain information about a population by examining a sample of the population; generalizations about a population from a sample are valid only if the sample is representative of that population. Understand that random sampling tends to produce representative samples and support valid inferences.
Giving quantitative measures of center (median and/or mean) and variability (interquartile range and/or mean absolute deviation), as well as describing any overall pattern and any striking deviations from the overall pattern with reference to the context in which the data were gathered.
Reporting the number of observations.


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