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Task Cards for Center, Spread, Shapes of Distributions, & Outliers (Common Core)
This product includes 20 task cards (4 cards per page):
8 task card warm-ups for mean and median
8 task cards on center (mean and median) and spread (standard deviation and interquartile range)
4 task cards that integrate these concepts by graphing data with dot plots, examining the shape of the data distribution, detecting outliers, and selecting the best statistic for center and spread.
Task card questions range from introductory to more advanced interpretation. This range helps struggling students learn the basic concepts and keeps the excelling students engaged. The easier task cards guide students step-by-step through computing statistics for center (mean and median) and spread (standard deviation and interquartile range). The more challenging questions ask “what if?” type questions and focus on understanding how changes in data differentially impact the different statistics for center and spread. A recording sheet and answer key are also included. Love task cards but hate cutting them out? Same here! These cards are created with 0.25 inch borders so that only two cuts are required! (Older printers may require three cuts). These cards are a great group activity for subs.
About the task card border designs:
If you teach mathematics or statistics, there is a good chance that you enjoyed playing with Spirograph as a child. Spirograph is a toy that involves tracing a circle moving around either the inside or outside of a wheel, making beautiful designs. Well, these designs can also be made on a computer with graphing software and some trigonometric functions. Added bonus: no smudged ink or accidentally moving the paper! Although they aren’t statistical per se, these Spirograph-inspired designs are a great opportunity to convey the beauty of mathematics to students.
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This product includes:
1) 20 task cards in PDF
2) A two-page recording sheet in PDF
3) A two-page answer key in PDF
1) Practice computing statistics of center (median, mean) of a distribution of a count or measurement variable
2) Practice computing statistics of spread (interquartile range, standard deviation) of a distribution of a count or measurement variable
3) Practice using statistics appropriate to the shape of the data distribution to compare center (median, mean) and spread (interquartile range, standard deviation) between data sets.
Common Core Standards:
HSS.ID.A.2: use statistics appropriate to the shape of the data distribution to compare center. (median, mean) and spread (interquartile range, standard deviation) of two or more different datasets.
HSS.ID.A.3: Interpret differences in shape, center, and spread in the context of the data sets, accounting for possible effects of extreme data points (outliers).
About this product:
This purchase is to be used by one teacher only for classroom use. These materials may not be shared without purchasing the appropriate number of licenses. These materials may not be uploaded to the internet in any form (classroom websites, personal websites, or network drives, etc.).
The data and plots were simulated and created, respectively, using R Statistical Software, a free open-source software for statistical computing. Please let me know if you are interested in educational products on using R for the Common Core.
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