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# Lesson 7: Observing More Patterns in Scatter Plots

teaches Common Core State Standards MP1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP1
teaches Common Core State Standards MP4 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP4
teaches Common Core State Standards MP7 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP7
teaches Common Core State Standards 8.SP.A.1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/8/SP/A/1

# Lesson 7: Observing More Patterns in Scatter Plots

In this lesson, students see non-linear associations for the first time and do a card sort to distinguish linear and non-linear associations. They visually identify clusters in data. Students will not study non-linear associations or clustering using quantitative tools; instead they will rely on visual patterns in scatter plots (MP7).

Lesson overview

• 7.1 Warm-up: Notice and Wonder: Nonlinear Scatter Plot (5 minutes)
• 7.2 Activity: Scatter Plot City (20 minutes)
• 7.3 Activity: Clustering (10 minutes)
• Lesson Synthesis
• 7.4 Cool-down: Make Your Own Scatter Plot (5 minutes)

Learning goals:

• Categorize data sets, and describe (orally) the properties used to create categories.
• Describe (orally) features of data on scatter plots, including “linear” and “nonlinear association” and “clustering” using informal language.
• Explain (orally) what might cause a nonlinear association or clustering of data points in context.

Learning goals (student facing):

• Let's look for other patterns in data.

Learning targets (student facing):

• I can pick out clusters in data from a scatter plot.
• I can use a scatter plot to decide if two variables have a linear association.

Required materials:

• pre-printed cards, cut from copies of the blackline master

Required preparation:

• Print and cut up cards from the Scatter Plot City blackline master.
• Prepare 1 set of cards for every student.

Glossary:

• Access the complete Grade 8 glossary.

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