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5. Representing and analyzing data includes reporting context (C)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.B.5 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/6/SP/B/5
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.B.5b http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/6/SP/B/5/b
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP2
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Lesson objective: Understand that reporting data includes reporting the context in which the data was collected.

Students bring prior knowledge of collecting data to answer a statistical question from 6.SP.1. This prior knowledge is extended to explaining data as students report the context behind the data collection. A conceptual challenge students may encounter is thinking that labels and context are not important to the situation. 

The concept is developed through work with topics of data collection, which give students the opportunity to think about the context of different situations.

This work helps students deepen their understanding of number because without a context the calculations found will not make sense and will not be able to be recreated.

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 2 (reason abstractly and quanitatively) as they use the possible context of each topic to determine reasonable calculations for each data set.  Students will engage in this practice as they create possible statistical questions that best represent each topic.

Key vocabulary:

  • context
  • mean
  • median
  • range
  • statistical question

Special materials needed:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
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