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Subject:
Mathematics (7 - 12)
Title:
Statistically Thinking
Description:
The object of this project is for students to learn how to find univariate and bivariate statistics for sets of data. Also, the students will be able to determine if two sets of data are linearly correlated and to what degree. The students will use Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel to find, organize, and present their projects to the class.
Subject:
Mathematics (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title:
Dice Roll Project
Description:
This project is a fun way for students to observe the integration of a probability lesson with spreadsheet software. Students will record 36 rolls of a pair of dice. After they record their data, students will manually calculate the mean, median, mode and range. Students will then observe how quickly a computer can do those same calculations and many more things with that same data. Students will also compare experimental outcomes to the theoretical outcome.
Subject:
Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title:
Ballistic Statistics!
Description:
Students will collect examples of various statistical instruments and form an electronic scrapbook. These materials will be gathered from electronic sources in addition to periodicals and other print resources.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Advanced Data Grapher
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Description:
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject:
Mathematics,Social Studies
Title:
The National Debt and Wars: Suggested Solutions
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Description:
These reproducible graphs, from an Illuminations lesson, feature possible solutions to a student activity sheet in which students collect information about the national debt, plot the data by decade and determine whether an exponential curve is a good fit for the data.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
9,10,11,12
Subject:
Health,Mathematics
Title:
Make a Conjecture
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore rates of change and accumulation in context. They are asked to think about the mathematics involved in determining the amount of blood being pumped by a heart.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
9,10,11,12
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Count on Math
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Description:
In this unit of two lessons, from Illuminations, students develop number sense through activities involving collection, representation, and analysis of data. In addition, students practice reading and writing large numbers and use estimation to arrive at appropriate answers.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Getting into the Electoral College
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Description:
In this unit of 3 lessons from Illuminations, students are engaged in activities involving percentages, ratios, and area, with a focus throughout on building problem-solving and reasoning skills. They are designed to be used individually to fit within curriculum being covered at the time of an election. Additionally, the lesson extensions include many ideas for interdisciplinary activities and some possible school-wide activities.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
6,7,8
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Mean and Median
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Description:
In this applet from Illuminations, students investigate the mean, median, and box-and-whisker plot for a set of data that they create. The data set may contain up to 15 integers, each with a value from 0 to 100.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Why Is California So Important?
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students learn about the mechanics of the electoral college and use the State Data Map applet to gather data on the population and electoral votes for each state. Several questions are provided to strengthen understanding of measures of central tendency and fluency with decimals and percents.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
6,7,8
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Measuring Shadows
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Description:
In this Science NetLinks lesson, students determine the pattern (length and direction) of shadows cast by sunlight during a several month period. They develop an interpretation of the daily and seasonal patterns and variations observed.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Science NetLinks
Grade Span:
6,7,8
Subject:
Mathematics,Social Studies
Title:
State Names
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Description:
In this Illuminations lesson, students use multiple representations to analyze the frequency of letters that occur in the names of all 50 states. In the process, they learn how various representations, including steam-and-leaf plots, box-and-whisker plots, and histograms, can be used to organize the data.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject:
Mathematics, Social Studies
Title:
First Class First? Using Data to Explore the Tragedy of the Titanic
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Description:
In this Science NetLinks lesson, students analyze and interpret data related to the crew and passengers of the Titanic. They draw conclusions to better understand the people who were lost or saved as a result of the disaster, and whether or not social status affected the outcome.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Science NetLinks
Grade Span:
9,10,11,12
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Sticks and Stones
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Description:
In this Illuminations lesson, students play Sticks and Stones, a game based on the Apache game Throw Sticks, which was played at multi-nation celebrations. Students collect data, investigate the likelihood of various moves, and use basic ideas of expected value to determine the average number of turns needed to win a game.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Exploring Histograms
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Description:
In this lesson, from Illuminations, students create their own sets of data using an interactive data analysis tool. They then examine how various statistical functions such as mean, median, and standard deviation depend on the choice of data. The lesson includes an interactive online applet.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
6,7,8
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Histogram Tool
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Description:
This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create a customized histogram as well as display pre-set histograms for various data sets. The tool also allows students to see a frequency table, adjust the interval, and view the median and standard deviation of a data set.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject:
Health,Mathematics
Title:
Gather Data
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore rates of change and accumulation in context by modeling cardiac output. They use an interactive Java applet to create a graph of the data they collect.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
9,10,11,12
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Using NBA Statistics for Box and Whisker Plots
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Description:
Students use information from NBA statistics to make and compare box and whisker plots. The data provided in the lesson come from the NBA, but you could apply the lesson to data from the WNBA or any other sports teams or leagues for which player statistics are available.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
6,7,8