Statistics and Probability

Develop understanding of statistical variability.

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In this lesson, students learn some of the pitfalls of doing surveys. They also learn to examine the distribution of data, including data clusters, the range and mode(s). The lesson plan is supported with curriculum and standards alignments, a handout, assessment materials (rtf format), and a video segment. | Lesson Plans, Video Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6+ | |

In this 4 minute Cyberchase video students learn to recognize the characteristics of good data collection and the implications of data clusters. The accompanying lesson plan includes data displays through which students must analyze the data collection techniques and predict the meaning of the data distributions. The lesson plan includes two assessment options (one with a table and one with a scatterplot) and a student worksheet. | Assessment, Lesson Plans, Video Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6+ | |

In this lesson students see how data collection and analysis can aid in decision making. Learners are introduced to the concepts of range, mean, median, and mode. The lesson is supported with curriculum and standards alignments, a 3.5 minute video, a handout, and assessment materials (rtf format), accessible prior to viewing the video. | Activity, Lesson Plans, Video Grade Level: 5, 6+ | |

This lesson plan combines physical activity (jumping jacks) with data collection. The purpose of this activity is to compare and contrast the use of mean, median, and mode as the best measure of central tendency. The lesson plan includes three worksheets, extension questions, and assessment options. | Lesson Plans Grade Level: 4, 5, 6+ | |

In this lesson plan students must use a frequency chart to describe a set of data, including the mean, median, mode, and range of the data set. The lesson plan includes a pre-assessment, whole class activity, collaborative learning activity, and formative assessment. To be successful at this lesson students will need to be able to interpret the frequency chart for the mean, median, mode, and range, but also be able to fill in a frequency chart with a possible solution when given these data landmarks. Additional resources include the lesson plan in a 26-page PDF, the teacher slides in a 4-slide PowerPoint presentation, and a 16-page PDF guide for teachers and administrators. | Assessment, Activity, Lesson Plans Grade Level: 5, 6+ | |

This video on basic statistics provides a short rap to help students remember the meaning of range, and the measures of central tendency, namely, mean, median, and mode. Each word is given in a short rhyme that includes how to calculate the value. | Instructional Strategy, Video Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6+ | |

In this article from "The Statistics Teacher Network", volume 79 pages 2-5, Jessica Cohen explains where and how Statistics and Probability fit into the Common Core State Standards. Cohen explains grade by grade where statistics fits into the CCSS standards and then explains how probability fits in even though there are no probability standards prior to Grade 6. | Reference Materials, Article Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+ |