This is the first statistics lab. Students look at the distribution of colors in a particular candy as they increase the sample size. Each size group is illustrated using both bar graphs and pie charts. Based on their observations, the students will predict what the actual distribution for each color. Student Learning Outcomes • The student will construct Relative Frequency Tables. • The student will interpret results and their differences from different data groupings. • The student will illustrate the data using pie charts and bar graphs.


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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-09-29.

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Technical Completeness: 2
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This lab exercise uses a survey of how many shoes students own to illustrate a variety of methods and results in descriptive statistics. Students calculate the mean, standard deviation, construct histograms and box charts, and apply Chebyshev’s Theorem (which they must find by other means).
Terrie Teegarden
April 28, 2011

Although this lab is based on the NCTM M & Ms activity, any candy which has at least 5 different colors can be used. (Skittles, candy bracelets, gummy bears)

Be sure to keep a copy of the class data as it will be used for follow-up activities.

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