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Middle Grades Math: Box Plots and Histograms
by Texas Instruments

Updated on October 27, 2014

Overview

Students create and explore a box plot and histogram for a data set. They then compare the two data displays by viewing them together and use the comparison to draw conclusions about the data.

Key Steps

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    Students will analyze the distances a person drove on 30 weekends will different graphical representations. They will use the given WKND list or create a list titled WKND and enter the distances given on the worksheet.

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    Students will then create a box plot from the data given in the  WKND list and analyze the different sections of the plot to determine where the mean falls relative to the median.

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    In the second part of the activity, students use the same data to create a histogram.