Bring graphing and statistics to life! At the end of this project students will have been involved in the process from the beginning of data collection by designing what data will be collected and how, to the very end with interpreting and displaying the data they collected. I have left this as a word document so that you may change to your individual needs.
This project is designed to be done as a culminating activity to a unit on surveys, statistics and graphing. It addresses elements of 6.SP.1 by having students write their own statistical questions then collecting the data through surveys, 6.SP.2 by having students describe the data using measures of center and spread, 6.SP.4 by having students display their data in dot plots and histograms and 6.SP.5 by having students summarize their findings. It also addresses 7.SP.1 and 7.SP.2 by having students examine samples of populations and draw inferences.
When I have done this project I have worked with other teachers in the school to allow my students time to interview students in other classes during free time or at lunch or recess. They really enjoy this process and they stay engaged from beginning to end because they have ownership of their data. This is also a great project to use as a performance task for assessment purposes.
You may want to use my "What is a Statistical Question" foldable notes found here:
What is a Statistical Question
I also have multiple worksheets, bundles and a set of task cards on histograms available to practice the skill of reading and making histograms:
Year Round Histogram Bundle
Spring Histogram Bundle
Histogram Task Cards
Winter Histogram Bundle
If your students need some extra help on Mean, Median and Mode this is a fun and engaging lesson to help them really learn how they describe data:
What does the mean really MEAN
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