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Strand: STATISTICS AND PROBABILITY - Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data (S.ID)

Summarize, represent, and interpret data on a single count or measurement variable (Standards S.ID.1-3). Summarize, represent, and interpret data on two categorical and quantitative variables (Standard S.ID.6). Interpret linear models building on students' work with linear relationships, and introduce the correlation coefficient (Standards S.ID.7-9).

Standard S.ID.2

Use statistics appropriate to the shape of the data distribution to compare center (median, mean) and spread (interquartile range, standard deviation) of two or more different data sets.

  • DASL
    DASL (pronounced "dazzle") is an online library of datafiles and stories that illustrate the use of basic statistics methods.
  • Haircut Costs
    This problem could be used as an introductory lesson to introduce group comparisons and to engage students in a question they may find amusing and interesting. More generally, the idea of the lesson could be used as a template for a project where students develop a questionnaire, sample students at their school and report on their findings.
  • Introduction to the Materials (Math 1)
    Introduction to the Materials in the Mathematics One of the The MVP classroom experience begins by confronting students with an engaging task and then invites them to grapple with solving it. As students ideas emerge, take form, and are shared, the teacher orchestrates the student discussions and explorations towards a focused mathematical goal. As conjectures are made and explored, they evolve into mathematical concepts that the community of learners begins to embrace as effective strategies for analyzing and solving problems.
  • Mean and Median
    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.
  • Measuring Variability Through Tracking Wildfires
    Data about wildfires in the U.S. is the basis of this lesson. Students examine the data about active fires as well as historical data and use that data to find changes across decades. NOTE: You have to create a Free PBS Account to view this web page, but it is easy to do and worth the effort.
  • Normal Distribution
    Students will better understand normal distribution by changing the standard deviation in the applet of this lesson plan.
  • Representing Data 1: Using Frequency Graphs
    This lesson unit is intended to help educators assess how well students are able to use frequency graphs to identify a range of measures and make sense of this data in a real-world context.
  • Representing Data 2: Using Box Plots
    This lesson unit is intended to help educators assess how well students are able to interpret data using frequency graphs and box plots.
  • Speed Trap
    The purpose of this task is to allow students to demonstrate an ability to construct boxplots and to use boxplots as the basis for comparing distributions.
  • STATISTICS - Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data (S.ID) - Sec Math I Core Guide
    The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and educators around the state of Utah developed these guides for the Secondary Mathematics I - Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data (S.ID).
  • Understanding the Standard Deviation
    The purpose of this task is to deepen student understanding of the standard deviation as a measure of variability in a data distribution.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Lindsey  Henderson and see the Mathematics - Secondary website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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