This unit’s focus is on data analysis including: measures of central tendency and spread shown in dot plots, stem-and-leaf plots, histograms, and box plots (specifically TEKS 6.12A, 6.12B, 6.12C, 6.12D, 6.13A, 6.13B). Students will be building on their prior knowledge of bar graphs, frequency tables, dot plots and stem-and-leaf plots to include histograms and box plots. Students will be introduced to measures of central tendency, including: mean and median, as well as measures of spread, including: mode and range. Students will not only learn how to create each graphical representation, but they will be expected to interpret and describe information provided by these visuals as well. This unit will culminate in a performance assessment where students will create a survey question, gather data, analyze the data, and present the data using the graphical representations we will be studying. In this way, students will gain personal experience with how data is obtained, evaluated, and presented in society. Students will be able to compare various sources of data, including: newspapers, magazines, social media, sports, etc. Students will also discuss how data can be skewed to persuade audiences towards a certain opinion and how to become critical analysts of data in a 21st century world.
Cardenas, Claudia, "Becoming Critical Analyzers of Data, 6th Grade Math" (2017). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. 372.
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