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Food Court

This unit of four lessons from NCTM's Illuminations lets students conduct surveys and represent data in a variety of ways. They also find and compare measures of center. The lessons center around a food court, where students create and use menus in a meaningful way. Topics covered include bar graphs, line plots, and pictographs, measures of center, and probability of events. Individual lessons link to related tools where appropriate, and include questions for students, assessment options, and teacher reflection questions.
Contributed by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) - Publisher, Grace M. Burton - Author
Math TopicMathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes, Data and Statistics
Grade Level3, 4, 5
Resource TypeLesson Plans

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorNational Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) - Publisher, Grace M. Burton - Author
    • Publication Date2008
    • Rights(c) 2000 - 2011 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
    • AccessFree access
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    • 4
      Great variety in graphical representations
      By bethb on 04/19/2012 - 14:17
    • I like that this unit has great variety in the use of graphical representations. It really shows that certain graphs are better to display certain types of data. I continue to be amazing that Box plots shows up in the grade range. My experience is that Box plots are not taught until grade 7 in most schools.