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Distinguish between observational studies and experiments by identifying purpose and analyzing conclusions

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.MP6 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP6
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-IC.B.3 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSS/IC/B/3

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Big Ideas: Experiments can establish a cause and effect relationship, Observational studies can point to possible associations when experiments cannot be conducted. This lesson highlights the differences between observational studies and experiments. Students will compare the design of the research methods, the questions they address, and the conclusions that can be made based on the results.