Lesson plan

6. Report the context behind data collection (A)

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.5a http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/6/SP/B/5/a
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: Apply knowledge of reporting the context behind data collection to create a complete report to represent a data set.

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and understanding of reporting the context behind data collection to a mathematical situation. Students are asked to find what context is missing from three different data reports. After students have identified what is missing, they have to create context that would apply to that situation based on the data already given.

Key Concept students will use: 

  • Representing and analyzing data includes reporting information about how data were collected, and how measures of center and spread were calculated so that others would be able to reach the same conclusion if they had collected the same data.

Skills students will use:

  • report context based on data collection
  • find measures of center and variability (Grade 6, Unit 12)

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 2 (reason abstractly and quantitatively) as they create data to that could represent the given context.

Key vocabulary: 

  • context

Special materials needed:

  • paper
  • pencil