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# Statistics - Opening Activities and Discussion

Lesson 1 of 21

## Objective: Students will be able to compare their own definitions of statistics to a formal “textbook” definition. They will extend and debate aspects under the wide umbrella of statistical thinking.

#### Opening Activity

*10 min*

As the students enter, I have the opening slide of the PowerPoint displayed. We will be using the website www.polleverywhere.com throughout the course of this year. Teachers create the poll on this website and the students respond to the poll via www.pollev.com and the poll’s appropriate response code. It is a really useful way to get all students engaged at the start of class! The anonymous nature of the poll also provides comfort to students who would otherwise not participate in a discussion.

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This closing piece of the lesson is primarily teacher driven ENGAGING lecture. Rather than elaborate on all of the details, I have attached a video that I model my lecture off of. I think that you will find this much more beneficial me trying to put into words the “flow” of my lecture.

Things that I like about the flow of this discussion, and emulate in my own:

#1 The microscope analogy: This really resonates with kids and shows that statistics is much broader than a collection of numbers, it is a macroscopic view of something very large.

#2 Specific examples of statistics used in decision making: Older Population Concentration = More Hospitals. Younger Population Concentration = More Schools. ALL POSSIBLE THROUGH STATISTICS!

Again, this video accurately models the flow and tone of my concluding lecture. I feel as though it really hooks the kids to want to learn even more! If you like the video better than talking yourself, I would encourage you to consider using it directly and finishing with a short class discussion.

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- UNIT 2: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
- UNIT 3: Sequences and Series
- UNIT 4: Statistics: Something for Everyone
- UNIT 5: Review Lessons
- UNIT 6: Writing Prompts in Mathematics
- UNIT 7: Trig Tidbits
- UNIT 8: Functions, Problem Solving, and 21st Century Skills
- UNIT 9: Polynomials and Problem Solving
- UNIT 10: Probability
- UNIT 11: Imagine This! Imaginary and Complex Numbers
- UNIT 12: Let's Explore Radicals!

- LESSON 1: Statistics - Opening Activities and Discussion
- LESSON 2: Role Play PLUS Flaws and Fallacies in Statistical Thinking
- LESSON 3: Flaws and Fallacies (cont.) AND Types of Data
- LESSON 4: Stepping into Box Plots
- LESSON 5: An Introduction to Histograms
- LESSON 6: Using Excel to Create a Histogram
- LESSON 7: A-Mazing Inferential and Descriptive Statistics!
- LESSON 8: What does the Bell Curve SOUND like?
- LESSON 9: The HOW and WHY Behind Standard Deviation
- LESSON 10: A Second Dose of Standard Deviation
- LESSON 11: Straight Walkin' With Statistics - Day #1
- LESSON 12: Straight Walkin' With Statistics - Day #2
- LESSON 13: Straight Walkin' With Statistics - Day #3
- LESSON 14: Review and Extensions
- LESSON 15: Student Motivated Workshop
- LESSON 16: Let's Help the 6th Graders!
- LESSON 17: Let’s Help the 6th Graders: Problem Work Time
- LESSON 18: Let’s Help the 6th Graders: Final Day
- LESSON 19: Let's Help the 6th Graders: Debrief
- LESSON 20: Teaching Numbers and Excel
- LESSON 21: Muddying the Waters: Formative Assessment Lesson