Education Technology

Math TODAY - Good to Fair Environment Declining

Published on 10/27/2004

Activity Overview

Students calculate the actual number of those surveyed who believe the environment is in "fair" condition. Then, students recreate the circle graph in attempt to write a persuasive argument for or against increased provisions for the environment.

Before the Activity

See the attached Teacher Edition PDF file for notes and guidelines for this activity. The Technology Guide PDF file includes step-by-step calculator instructions with screen shots.

If you are using the TI-Navigator™ Classroom Learning System, see the TI-Navigator Basic Skills Guide PDF file for information on how the system can be integrated into your activity.

During the Activity

Students will:

  • Calculate the number of people interviewed with a specific opinion.
  • Project the number of U.S. adults with a specific opinion using the margin error to produce a range.
  • Manipulate the data to support an opinion.
  • Approximate the sample size needed to reduce the margin of error by 1%.


  • Directions:
  • Distribute the Student Edition PDF file to your class.
  • Follow the activity procedures outlined in the student document.
  • You may use the Transparency PDF file to display a large image of the USA TODAY graphic during the activity.
  • After the Activity

    Distribute the assessment questions or send the attached LearningCheck™ assessment to your class to gauge student understanding of the concepts presented in the activity.