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Compare data sets using histograms and comparative box plots

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-IC.B.4 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSS/IC/B/4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-IC.B.6 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSS/IC/B/6

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Big Ideas: Key statistical information about center, shape and spread is useful when comparing data sets. In earlier lessons, students learned to describe the distribution of data sets using shape, center and spread. In this lesson, students are asked to develop these concepts to define similarities and differences between the data sets. This lesson helps develop important critical thinking skills that are vital to the application of statistics in problem solving. Vocabulary: shape, center, spread, 5 number summary Special Materials: Spreadsheet application (preferred) Graphing calculator