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Data About Us - Investigation One

Last Updated: Jun-22-2010

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Developed By

  Mollie Kesselring
Jennifer Raicevich

Lesson Title

  Data About Us - Investigation One

Length of Lesson

  Five Days

Lesson Unit

  Looking at Data






  Data & Probability

Michigan Content Expectations

  N.ME.06.06, G.SR.06.05


  data; organize; median; mode; range



Teacher:  transparencies, gride paper (1-inch)

Student:  calculators, blank transparencies and transparency pens, grid paper, scissors, index cards




This lesson is an introduction to organizing, summarizing and displaying data.


Big Idea(s)


At the end of this investigation, students should be able to:

  • use tables, line plots, and bar graphs to display data
  • use measures of center (mode and median) and measures of spread (range and intervals within the range) to describe what is typical about data
  • describe the shape of the data
  • experiment with how the median, as a measure of center, responds to changes in the number and magnitude of data values

Essential Questions

  1. What do you thik is the typical number of letters in the full names (first and last names) of students in your class?
  2. How would you represent your data?
  3. What information can you gather from your data?

Learning Objectives


Students will be able to:

  • gather data
  • graph data
  • measure data
  • describe data

Summative Assessment


Show What You Know!

Multimedia Presentation


Looking at Data

Now, it is time to show what you know! You will create one of the following:


ü      A brochure

ü      A poster display

ü      A web page

ü      A multi-media presentation (i.e. Power Point etc.)


Present to the class and school community to demonstrate what you have learned and gained from the texts studied in this unit. You will use your data from the class polling homework assignment. Below is a suggested format to follow as you create your final project.


Check with your teacher before you begin to make sure you are headed in the right direction.

Keep in mind the Essential Questions:


Ø      How would you represent your data?

Ø      What information can you gather from your data?


Section One: What, Where, How, and Why?

You should try to answer the following questions in this section:

            What is your poll question?

In your opinion, were your results surprising?

Explain why you feel this way.


Section Two: Representation and Measurement of Data

Show how you represented your data.  Give an explanation of why you felt that representation was the best way to show your data.  Then explain each measure of your data (mode, median, range).


Section Three: Conclusion

You should include a brief section summarizing all the information you have learned and any final thoughts. Questions to think about include:

            How is collecting data important in the real world?

Give one example of data collection you have witnessed and the importance of that specific data.




Lesson Opening


watch the video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uydzT_WiRz4 - discuss video


Lesson Opening Co-teaching Plan


Both teachers will help with the activity and pose questions.




Using the Connected Math Book, Data About Us, students will work from 1.1 through 1.5 over a five day period.  The problems in this investigation will lead them through the essential questions.  Activities will include using given and aquired data to solve for the big ideas.


Exploration Co-teaching Plan


Teachers co-teach each lesson alternating between lead and support roles and responsibilities.  Both teachers will float around the room to assess learning and monitor progress.


Check for Understanding


Use varied formative assessments throughout the investigation including but not limited to clickers, exit cards and blogging.


Check for Understanding Co-teaching Plan


Both teachers will share the resonsiblity of assigning and gathering formative assessments.  Teaching will be adjusted as students' needs change.




Assign Applications * Connections * Extentions (ACE) questions as needed.  For example students who are struggling on one specific concept can be given only the questions pertaining to that area. 


Explanation Co-teaching Plan


If further explanation is needed to a set of students, the co-teacher will help with that group.


Extended Practice


Students complete extending practice questions and math reflections to help summarize what they have learned in the investigation.




Students share their summative assessments projects and are graded according to the designated rubric.


Closing Co-teach Plan


Both teachers will fill out the rubric and then share results for a final grade.