In this world of everincreasing information our students must learn
to collect, analyze, and interpret data for practical application and
problem solving. This lesson unit is designed to streamline the introduction
of several graphical organizers and how to use them most effectively.
The students will visit Internet sites to learn of new data presentation
modes and how to interpret various types of data.
Students will be able to:
 Demonstrate good random sampling techniques for data collection
 Select and develop graphic presentations of data
 Analyze the data to solve a problem presented
New
York State Standards
http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/guides/mst/
 Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering
design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop
solutions.
 Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information
using appropriate technologies.
 Students will apply technological knowledge and skills to design and
construct, use, and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and
environmental needs.
 Students will understand the relationships and common themes that
connect mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to
these and other areas of learning.
 Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics,
science, and technology to address reallife problems and make informed
decisions.
National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards
http://standards.nctm.org/document/chapter7/data.htm
Students will be able to:
 Understand patterns, relations, and functions
 Formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize,
and display relevant data to answer them
 Select and use appropriate statistical methods to analyze data
 Develop and evaluate inferences and predictions that are based on
data
Video:
Math Vantage: Data Analysis #1, How Do You Get It?
Math Vantage: Data Analysis #2, How Do You Show It?
Math Vantage: Data Analysis #3, What Does It Mean?
Web Sites:
Mean,
Median, and Mode
http://www.homeworkhelp.com/homeworkhelp/freemember/text/math/high/
statistics/ch03/0301/main.htm
This page deals with making sense of data in statistical terms. The
concepts of mean, median, and mode are introduced to the students.
Frequency
Tables
http://www.homeworkhelp.com/homeworkhelp/freemember/text/math/high/
statistics/ch03/0302/main.htm
This page is used to teach setup and use of frequency tables for statistical
analysis.
Histograms
http://www.homeworkhelp.com/homeworkhelp/freemember/text/math/high/
statistics/ch03/0303/main.htm
The use of bar graphs is illustrated on this page. Students are exposed
to a number of different versions of histograms.
Stem
and Leaf Plots
http://www.homeworkhelp.com/homeworkhelp/freemember/text/math/high/
statistics/ch03/0304/main.htm
Stem and leaf plot development and use are introduced on this Web page.
Line
Graphs
http://www.homeworkhelp.com/homeworkhelp/freemember/text/math/high/
statistics/ch03/0305/main.htm
Line graphs and their use in data interpolation and/or extrapolation
are found on this page.
Circle
Graphs
http://www.homeworkhelp.com/homeworkhelp/freemember/text/math/high/
statistics/ch03/0306/main.htm
Pie charts or circle graphs are shown to illustrate the organization
of data by percent of the whole.
Box
and Whisker Plots
http://www.homeworkhelp.com/homeworkhelp/freemember/text/math/high/
statistics/ch03/0307/main.htm
The use of this type of graphic organizer to summarize large amounts
of data is shown on the site.
For each student:
 1 small snack size package of Skittles or M&M candies
 One copy of each activity handout
For each lab pair:
 One computer terminal
 The use of a spreadsheet and graphing program such as Microsoft
Excel
 One floppy diskette
