In this lesson students are introduced to histograms. They learn that, like a dot plot, a histogram can be used to show the distribution of a numerical data set, but unlike a dot plot, a histogram shows the frequencies of groups of values, rather than individual values. Students analyze the structures of dot plots and histograms displaying the same data sets and determine what information is easier to to understand from each type of display (MP7). Students read and interpret histograms in context (MP2) to prepare them to create a histogram.
Lesson overview
 6.1 Warmup: Dog Show (Part 1) (5 minutes)
 6.2 Activity: Dog Show (Part 2) (10 minutes)

6.3 Activity: Population of States (20 minutes)
 Includes "Are you Ready for More?" extension problem
 Lesson Synthesis
 6.4 Cooldown: Rain in Miami (5 minutes)
Learning goals:
 Compare and contrast (orally) dot plots and histograms in terms of how useful they are for answering different statistical questions.
 Create a histogram to represent a data set.
 Interpret a histogram to answer (in writing) statistical questions about a data set.
Learning goals (student facing):
 Let's explore how histograms represent data sets.
Learning targets (student facing):
 I can use a histogram to get information about the distribution of data and explain what it means in a realworld situation.
 I can recognize when a histogram is an appropriate graphical display of a data set.
Required materials:
 straightedges
Glossary:
 histogram  A histogram is a way to represent data on a number line. Data values are grouped by ranges. The height of the bar shows how many data values are in that group. This histogram shows there were 10 people who earned 2 or 3 tickets. We can't tell how many of them earned 2 tickets or how many earned 3. Each bar includes the leftend value but not the rightend value. (There were 5 people who earned 0 or 1 tickets and 13 people who earned 6 or 7 tickets.)
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