Lesson Plan ID: 
33206 
Title: 
Forecasting Statistics 
Overview/Annotation: 
Students will research the ten day weather forecast. They will document the high's for ten days as well as the low's for ten days. Once students document this information, they will find the mean, median, mode, and range of the data collected. This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan. 
Content Standard(s): 
MA2015(6)  26. Understand that a set of data collected to answer a statistical question has a distribution which can be described by its center, spread, and overall shape. [6SP2]  MA2015(6)  27. Recognize that a measure of center for a numerical data set summarizes all of its values with a single number, while a measure of variation describes how its values vary with a single number. [6SP3]  ELA2015(6)  1. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. [RL.6.1] 

Local/National Standards: 

Primary Learning Objective(s): 
The students will research the ten day forecast and find the mean, median, mode, and range of the data collected. 
Additional Learning Objective(s): 

Approximate Duration of the Lesson: 
31 to 60 Minutes 
Materials and Equipment: 
Paper Pencil PostIt Notes Class bar graph

Technology Resources Needed: 

Background/Preparation: 
Students should have been previously taught how to calculate the mean, median, mode, and range. Review the meaning of these terms. Students should have created a bar graph. 
Procedures/Activities: 
Before:
1. Students will use individual computers to research the tenday forecast for their city (see website below). Depending on availability of printers, students can either print the tenday forecast or copy it into their math notebook.
http://www.weather.com/
During:
2. Students will use the numbers collected in their "Before" activity and find the mean, median, mode, and range of the forecast.
3. After finding the required information, students will receive a postit note. They will be given 2 minutes to turn and talk with a partner about what this data means and how they can utilize it to make inferences about the upcoming weather in their area.
4. Each student will write the temperature they predict will come on the following day and why they predict this will be the temperature.
After:
5. Students will place their postit notes on a class bar graph. (Teacher could also use the following Bar Graph for added technology in lesson plan.)
6. Host a class discussion about the most common inferences and why the class thinks this temperature was a common prediction.
Closure:
7. Students will add their prediction to the 10 day forecast and recalculate the mean, median, and mode to observe what happens when another number is added to data collection.

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Assessment Strategies: 
Students will be informally assessed on the mean, median, mode, and range that was calculated from the ten day forecast numbers (all should have the same numbers if they researched the city they are in). 
Extension: 
The class can make predictions about the next week's weather based on their calculations. 
Remediation: 
Teacher may assign peer tutors to help those students who may struggle with this assignment. 

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom
accommodations
for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading
or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at
a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with
shortterm memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions;
poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material

Environment 
Time Demands 
Materials 
Attention 
Using Groups and Peers 
Assisting the Reluctant Starter

Dealing with Inappropriate
Behavior 
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.

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