Lesson plan

# Lesson 7: Using Histograms to Answer Statistical Questions

teaches Common Core State Standards 6.SP.B http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards
teaches Common Core State Standards 6.SP.B.5.b http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/6/SP/B/5/b
teaches Common Core State Standards MP7 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP7
teaches Common Core State Standards 6.SP.A.1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/6/SP/A/1
teaches Common Core State Standards MP2 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP2
teaches Common Core State Standards 6.SP.A.2 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/6/SP/A/2
teaches Common Core State Standards 6.SP.B.4 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/6/SP/B/4

# Lesson 7: Using Histograms to Answer Statistical Questions

In this lesson, students create, read, and interpret histograms (MP2). They characterize the distribution displayed in a histogram in terms of its shape and spread, and identify a measurement that is typical for the data set by looking for the center in a histogram (MP7). Students also use histograms to make comparisons and to better understand what different spreads and values of center mean in a given context.

Lesson overview

• 7.1 Warm-up: Which One Doesn’t Belong: Questions (5 minutes)
• 7.2 Activity: Measuring Earthworms (20 minutes)
• Includes "Are you Ready for More?" extension problem
• 7.3 Activity: Tall and Taller Players (10 minutes)
• Lesson Synthesis
• 7.4 Cool-down: A Tale of Two Seasons (5 minutes)

Learning goals:

• Compare and contrast (in writing) histograms that represent two different data sets measuring the same quantity.
• Critique (orally) a description of a distribution, recognizing that there are multiple valid ways to describe its center and spread.
• Describe (orally and in writing) the distribution shown on a histogram, including making claims about the center and spread.

Learning goals (student facing):

• Let's draw histograms and use them to answer questions.

Learning targets (student facing):

• I can draw a histogram from a table of data.
• I can use a histogram to describe the distribution of data and determine a typical value for the data

Required materials:

• rulers marked with centimeters

Glossary:

• Access the complete Grade 6 glossary.

IM 6–8 Math was originally developed by Open Up Resources and authored by Illustrative Mathematics, and is copyright 2017-2019 by Open Up Resources. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). OUR's 6–8 Math Curriculum is available at https://openupresources.org/math-curriculum/.