Before:

1. Students will use individual computers to research the ten-day forecast for their city (see website below). Depending on availability of printers, students can either print the ten-day 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 post-it 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 post-it 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.