Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Connecting Box Plots and Histograms - Section 2: Investigation


One of the big concepts in statistics is that a picture (or graphical representation of data) can tell you a lot.  This activity allowed students to connect stories with pictures of that story.  I love in a lesson when you can see students making meaning of a concept.  That is what I witnessed in today's lesson.  Because of the tactile nature of this task, students were able to hold each picture up against the story and see if it made sense.  They could look for patterns and make connections between the way a box plot and histogram each represented the data.  The students were able to see how each graph told the story in their own way and how they had similarities and differences.  Students could also continue to develop their understanding of the data's skew and distribution.  All of these pieces combined made this a really worthwhile task.

  What a Picture Can Tell You
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: What a Picture Can Tell You
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Connecting Box Plots and Histograms

Unit 5: Modeling With Statistics
Lesson 9 of 19

Objective: SWBAT determine the approximate locations of the quartiles in a data set using both a histogram and a box plot.

Big Idea: This lesson allows students to build meaning about the connection between how distributions are displayed in box plots and histograms.

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