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Select random samples by using random number generators and random digit tables

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-IC.A.1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSS/IC/A/1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP5 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP5

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Big Ideas: Random samples allow us to estimate parameters of a population. Random number generators can be used to select representative samples. This lesson builds on students' work with selection. This lesson focuses on the tools for random selection. Students will use a random digit table and features of a graphing calculator or online random number generators to predict the winner of an election in a small town. Vocabulary: random number generator, random digit table, pseudo-random numbers Special Materials: copies of a random digit table graphing calculators and/or access to internet for a website that generates random numbers small town voter demographics