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Display numerical data by organzing numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots and histograms

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.B.4
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Big Ideas: Large amounts of data can be organized into intervals. Histograms are used to represent data that is continuous and so there are no spaces between the bars of a histogram. Dot plots and histograms that display the same data will have data shapes which are similar. The shape of a set of data can give us information. The type of data determines how it is organized, represented and displayed. This lesson focuses on representing a large quantity of continuous data using equal-sized intervals on a dot plot and a histogram. Students are asked to look at the shapes of the data produced by the plot and the graph. Conclusions can be drawn from the shapes of the data. Vocabulary: data, frequency table, interval, dot plot, histogram, shape of data Special Materials: None
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