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Bring your students into the world of double blind medical studies. Every day, doctors and hospitals rely on scientific studies and research to make healthcare decisions for patients. Are some medicines more effective than others? Do certain types of patients benefit more from certain types of treatments? Due to the security of medical records, studies are somewhat limited in their scope and are generally carried out at universities and research hospitals. At these facilities ground breaking work is being made every day. Behind all of the work is careful statistical analysis. This is an elementary version of that type of work!
In this 21st Century Math Project, students will complete a variety assignments related to the measurement and data strands of the 3rd and 4th Grade Common Core Standards focusing on bar graphs, line graphs, pictographs and line plots.
Included in this file are:
-- In “Help the Doctors”, students will are given four different situations using four different types of data displays (bar graphs, line graphs, pictographs and line plots). The idea is that they help doctors decide if their new ideas work better than their old ideas (experimental and control groups for the big kids!) This can work as a station for four separate days or an as extended math activity.
-- In “Placebo Effect”, students are given two groups of data and are asked to create either bar graphs or line plots of it. They will compare the results from a group that gets medicine and a group that gets a placebo. Could the placebo effect be a real thing? This is practice for the final projects…
-- In “Medical Trial”, students can work in a team of medical researchers. There are four different medical trials included which can be used for 4 different groups. Within each trial there is an experiment and a traditional treatment being analyzed. The goal of the research is to determine if the experimental treatment is significantly different than the typical treatment.
To conclude the project, students can write an article for a medical journal. I have set this up with a Pre-Writing exercise that will be structured loosely like a college level research article. Of course it won’t be as lengthy or rigorous, but it aims to get students familiar with that structure.
In this 43 page document you will be given a mapping to the Content Standards, an outline for how to implement the project, 2 prep assignments and the final project. Download the preview to see it all.
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