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State Names

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.
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Contributed by: Samuel E. Zordak - Author, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher
Math TopicNumber Sense, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes, Data and Statistics
Grade Level3, 4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeActivity, Interactive Media, Lesson Plans

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary ConnectionSocial Studies
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorSamuel E. Zordak - Author, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher
    • Publication Date2014
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2014, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
      http://illuminations.nctm.org/Content.aspx?id=5092
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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