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Understand and describe a set of data by organizing it

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.A.2 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/6/SP/A/2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP4

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Big Ideas: Questions can be answered by data that is collected and organized. The type of data and how it is collected as well as organized will be determined by the question. Data that is collected and organized can be analyzed. Students know that data is not just a random set of numbers, but numbers within a context. In order for data to be useful, it needs to be organized. The type of organization will be determined by the data and its context. Organized data can give us information. The shape of the data plotted on a dot plot, for instance, can tell us where the data is concentrated. The information data gives us can be analyzed. Conclusions can be made from that analysis. Data can help us make better informed decisions. Vocabulary: data, statistical question, chart, table, graph, dot plot, line plot, distribution, typical, mean, median, mode Special Materials: Tape measures or other suitable measuring tool