Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Five Seconds - Section 2: Investigation

I really like the Timing Five Seconds activity as a way for students to collect data. They get excited about trying to time five seconds exactly and like working with a stop watch or phone app to collect their data. I also think there is a great opportunity here to talk about measurement variation and human error, an issue that students don't often address in a math class.  I find this activity to be quick and engaging for students and it gives them a good set of data to work with for today's class.

Having fun collecting data
Connection to Prior Knowledge: Having fun collecting data

Five Seconds

Unit 5: Data and Statistics
Lesson 6 of 14

Big Idea: How close you can get to 5 seconds? In pairs, students test their stopwatch accuracy and create a histogram to understand measurement variation.

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Math, Statistics, histogram (Stats), normal distribution
60 minutes

Amanda Hathaway

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