A Statistical Look at Jewish History

Inspired by the release of the HERITAGE: CIVILIZATION
AND THE JEWS DVD BOXED SET, this lesson is designed to complement the students' study of the history
of the Jewish Diaspora. Using population figures from the last hundred years, students can understand
the importance of percentages in studying trends and cultural phenomena. Ultimately, students will apply
the skills they've learned to look at their own ethnic group and figure out how it is represented in
the U.S. and around the world. Students will also examine their school community's ethnic composition
and see how it compares to the national figures.

**Grade Level:** 6 - 10

**Time Allotment:** 5-7 class periods

**Subject Matter: ** Mathematics

**Learning Objectives**

Students will be able to:

- Work cooperatively
- Examine charts and graphs and be able to manipulate numbers to determine percentages
- Gather primary and secondary data
- Make predictions about the future using the current demographic information
- Find a correlation between the data and critical events in history

**Standards**
**National Standards**
Mathematics Standard 6 Level 3, #5

http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/outputSQL.asp

?Subject=1&Standard=6&Level=3&Benchmark=5
Uses data and statistical measures for a variety of purposes (e.g., formulating hypotheses, making predictions, testing conjectures).

Mathematics Standard 6 Level 3, #6

http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/outputSQL.asp

?Subject=1&Standard=6&Level=3&Benchmark=5
Organizes and displays data using tables, graphs (e.g., line, circle, bar), frequency
distributions, and plots (e.g., stem-and-leaf, box-and-whiskers, scatter).

**New York Standards**
Performance Indicator 2A

http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/pub/math5to8.pdf Understand, represent, and use numbers in a
variety of equivalent forms (integer, fraction, decimal, percent, exponential, expanded, and scientific
notation).

**New Jersey Standards**
Standard 4.5

http://www.state.nj.us/njded/cccs/s4_math.htm#45 All Students will use Mathematical Processes of Problem Solving, Communication, Connections, Reasoning, Representations, and Technology to Solve Problems and Communicate Mathematical Ideas

**Connecticut Standards**
Content Standard 1: Number Sense

http://www.state.ct.us/sde/dtl/curriculum/Frmath.pdf Students will use numbers to count, measure,
compare, order, scale, locate and label, and use a variety of numerical representations to present,
interpret, communicate, and connect various kinds of numerical information.

This lesson was prepared by: Anna Chan Rekate