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Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Grade(s) 6 resources related to the following standard:
Statistics and Probability
Summarize and describe distributions.
4. Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and box plots.

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In this data analysis lesson students explore various representations, including bar graphs, steam-and-leaf plots, and box-and-whisker plots, to analyze the frequency of letters in the names of the 50 states. Students are encouraged to use a systematic approach to collect their data and are shown various tools to help them gather and display it. The lesson includes a student worksheet (PDF), links to a Decrypting Text website, Bar Grapher tool, and Box Plotter tool, and suggested questions, extension, and assessment ideas.
Activity, Interactive Media, Lesson Plans
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+
In this statistics lesson plan, students gather information using the Internet about party affiliation and age at time of inauguration of current and past Presidents in order to construct a bar graph and a histogram. Once all of the data is collected students work together to complete the appropriate data displays and compare and contrast their findings. The lesson plan includes questions for reflection and discussion, student activity sheet, answer key, and an assessment option activity sheet and answer key.
Lesson Plans
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6+
In this unit of five lessons from NCTM's Illuminations, students explore the numbers of letters in their names and create bar graphs, pictographs, circle graphs, and glyphs. They also find the range, compute measures of center, and create box-and-whisker plots. Individual lessons link to related tools where appropriate, and include questions for students, assessment options, teacher reflection questions, and sometimes extensions.
Lesson Plans, Graph
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5