Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Analyzing Box and Whisker Plots in a Real World Context - Section 1: Warm Up


Scaffolding throughout this unit has been necessary to bring everything all together.  My students have a much stronger sense of being able to describe a quantitative distribution when bring together what they have learned about SOCS:

  1. Spread
  2. Outliers
  3. Center
  4. Shape

Students need to have tools and skills to describe these shapes and make final statements using common sense about what they are observing.  

For Center, students should understand that usually Mean or Median is used as the best representation of Center.

Outliers sometimes are described just by common sense that a data value(s) deviates from the Pattern. Otherwise students can refer to the 1.5 X IQR rule.  

Spread is usually described with Standard Deviation, but can also be described with Range and Interquartile Range.

Shape is usually described in three major categories being symmetrical, skewed right, or skewed left.  These are not the only shapes, but it is a good start for Algebra I students.  Other shapes include Uniform, Bimodal, and Unimodal.


  Bringing it all together- Don't forget your SOCS
  Staircase of Complexity: Bringing it all together- Don't forget your SOCS
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Analyzing Box and Whisker Plots in a Real World Context

Unit 9: Statistics
Lesson 9 of 10

Objective: SWBAT Analyze Box and Whisker Plots using Real World Examples.

Big Idea: For students to apply their skills analyzing Box Plots using Center, Spread, and Shape in a context of a problem.

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