The lesson enables students to demonstrate the skills mastered in the statistics and probability unit. They will review different tasks they have completed, including analyzing different data sets (looking at profit of tablet sales, analyzing the Human Development Index, etc.). The teacher will then discuss with students the ways that data and statistics help them better understand the world around them.
As a teacher resource, I have included the sequence and scope of the unit: Our City Statistics: Unit Overview Project Sequencing. This resource shows one way that teachers can teach the unit as well as focus areas of the project that align with the instructional topic of the day. For example, for the class on Dot Plots, Histograms and Box Plots, students work on creating a plot of their data related to the group's research question.
For an entry ticket (Entry Ticket: Our City Statistics Project Overview)students will conduct a think-pair-share that will begin with being given a few minutes to write down a question about their community they are interested in looking into. Students will then share their question with a partner. The class will then brainstorm a list of questions that they are interested in about their communities (high school community, city community, etc.) as a way to encourage participation of all students and to have students take ownership of their learning. The list of questions will be typed up and provided to student groups as a starter to help students initiate the process of selecting a question to research for the project.
I then review the Project: Our City Statistics Assignment Sheet and Grading Rubric: Our City Statistics Project with students. I take a good deal of time to do this section as I want to provide students with clear expectations and examples of the task for the project.
I also provide a quick overview of InSpire data, which is the statistical software we will be using not only for the project, but for many of the unit activities. InSpire Data can be found at the link in the resource section.
Students will be given the remainder of the class period to work on formulating their question (as the project moves along the teacher will provide external organization and external progress monitoring by modeling with students how far along the groups should be on their projects.
I like to give groups a good amount of time in class to formulate a research question because I want them to think critically about the feasibility, interest, and other characteristics of the question. Developing a research question is a difficult and complex task, and should be given time for students to grapple with that process.
At the conclusion of the unit, students will present their projects to the group and invite high school administration and other community members to see their projects and share what they learned about their communities.
To conclude the overview lesson to the project, I have students formulate and write down their initial research question. Each group writes down their question on the assignment sheet. I have a requirement that each group must get the assignment sheet signed by me so that I have a chance to see and discuss each research questions the different groups have formulated. I also include this requirement to place a value on the importance of a well-designed research question and how a good research question can drive all the other components (methods, participants, design, etc.) of the project.
At the close of the unit, the presentation of projects will conclude the lesson and provide a summation for the lesson and for the unit. The teacher will reinforce the hard work students put into the projects and provide constructive feedback/possible next steps for the analysis on their project rubrics.
Formative: Observations of student work and participation in small groups. Example: observing how students interact in small groups during group activity
Summative: Student group presentations and materials – the projects and presentations will be assessed by the Our City Statistics Project rubric.