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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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