Type:

Assessment, Curriculum, Lesson Plan

Description:

In this activity, students conduct an investigation to determine which of four chocolate candies is preferred. Each student will taste one each of four candies and will rate them from most to least favorite. Students will then construct a picture graph and a bar graph to determine which types of chocolate were selected as the most and least favorite. Students will also generate a method to decide which candy was the overall class favorite. Conclusions are drawn based on the analysis in the context of the question(s) asked.

Subjects:

  • Mathematics > General
  • Mathematics > Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics > Data Analysis & Probability
  • Mathematics > Problem Solving
  • Mathematics > Statistics
  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5

Keywords:

Graph; Median

Language:

English

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3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2012-03-04.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

In this activity, elementary students investigate which of four chocolate candies is preferred. Students will then construct a picture graph and a bar graph to determine which types of chocolate were selected as the most and least favorite. Most importantly, students are responsible for designing the methods and procedures for defining the “favorites,” as well as coming up with ways to analyze the final results. This investigation follows the four components of statistical problem solving put forth in the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) Report as well as the Common Core Standards for Mathematics in Grades 3 – 5. The teacher materials are detailed and clear. The lessons include a detailed overview and instructions, hints for implementation, student handouts, and answer keys. This well-organized and thoughtfully prepared unit is immediately useful in the elementary math / science classroom using inexpensive and readily available resources.
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Curriki Review System
April 1, 2012

This lesson is part of the American Statistical Association’s STatistics Education Web (STEW). See more peer-reviewed lessons by visiting the larger collection of STEW Lesson Plans.

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