Students will speculate on the world records for weights of pumpkins. They will graph the data for the records and find the line of best fit. They will either use a graphing calculator or given graphs and functions to explore quadratic and exponential regressions. They will make a short-term prediction about the world record in 2015. This mission is aligned with Common Core Standards: 8.SP.A.1, 8.SP.A.2, 8.SP.A.3.
The fun stuff:
2323 pounds. That’s the weight of a world record for the heaviest pumpkin. Amazing! And with this mission your students get to explore the data of all the record holders back to 1976. Will 2015 be another year that the record falls? Students will make predictions using a line of best fit, as well as non-linear models. Perfect statistics fun for Halloween!
The zip file includes:
★The mission. (4 pages).
★Optional: Instructions for how to perform linear regressions on the TI-83+ calculator
★A two-page Quick Start guide for teachers. Detailed and helpful!
★Selected Answers in pdf form.
★Selected Answers online, password protected. For students to correct at home!
The mission includes:
•An exploration of the magnitude of the world record holding pumpkin.
•Graphing the world records since 1976.
•By hand or using a calculator, finding the line of best fit.
•Exploring how non-linear models might better fit the data.
•Using this data to predict when the record will fall.
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