Education Technology

Middle Grades Math: Drawing Conclusions
by Texas Instruments

Updated on August 26, 2014


This activity introduces students to the concept of collecting and analyzing data and using conjectures to formulate new questions.

Key Steps

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    In this activity, students will collect data points of volunteers estimating a given distance. They will set up a histogram and see how the data is normally distributed about the mean.

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    Students will then conduct an experiment regarding memorizing lists of 2 to 12 random numbers. They will record their data, compute the average, collect their class data, then set up a scatter plot to look for patterns. Then the class will discuss methods for improving or extending their experiments.