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Distinguish between correlation and causation by using graphs and other quantitative variables

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-ID.C.9 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSS/ID/C/9

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Big Ideas: Associations between variables do not always mean that one variable causes another variable. This lesson builds on students’ work in 8th grade. In 8th grade, students created scatter plots and described the association between two quantitative variables. In this lesson, students distinguish between association and causation. Correlation and causation are terms easily and incorrectly used as synonymous. Students will learn to distinguish between the two terms. Vocabulary: association, correlation, causation, lurking variables, confounding variables