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Sneaking Statistics

On this page you will find lesson objectives, standards, instructional notes and UDL opportunities.

Estimated Time:  45 minutes

Lesson Objectives:

  • The students will analyze the appropriate use or misuse of statistics in a report.

Key Common Core State Standards:
S.ID.6: Evaluate reports based on data.

Supporting Common Core State Standards:

Standards for Mathematical Practice Emphasized:

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
4. Model with mathematics.
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
6. Attend to precision.
7. Look for and make use of structure.
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Instructional Notes:

Statistics is commonly misused in the world around us because it is easy for us to make the numbers “work in our favor.” It is important for the students to learn how statistics can be accurately used and to develop the skills to identify when statistics is being misused to mislead the public. In this lesson, the students study different mathematical representations and visit different websites to analyze the appropriate use and misuse of statistics.

Take time to read p. 10 of the Progressions for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics opens in new window.This document describes the progression of knowledge and understanding the students should experience as they work with the use and misuse of statistics. This document provides additional examples that may be used with the students, but also may clarify any misconceptions you may still have as the instructor.

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Sample Responses

For sample responses to the Algebra II Journal questions, visit the Algebra II Journal in the Teacher Resources.

UDL Opportunities:

Principle 1: Provide Multiple Means of Representation
Checkpoint 1.1 Offer ways of customizing the display of information
Checkpoint 1.2 Offer alternatives for auditory information
Checkpoint 1.3 Offer alternatives for visual information
Checkpoint 2.2 Clarify syntax and structure
Checkpoint 2.4 Promote understanding across language
Checkpoint 2.5 Illustrate through multiple media
Checkpoint 3.1 Activate or supply background knowledge
Checkpoint 3.2 Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships
Checkpoint 3.3 Guide information processing, visualization, and manipulation
Checkpoint 3.4 Maximize transfer and generalization

Principle 2: Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression
Checkpoint 5.1 Use multiple media for communication
Checkpoint 5.3 Build fluencies with graduated levels of support for practice and performance
Checkpoint 6.2 Support planning and strategy development
Checkpoint 6.3 Facilitate managing information and resources

Principle 3: Provide Multiple Means of Engagement
Checkpoint 7.1 Optimize individual choice and autonomy
Checkpoint 7.2 Optimize relevance, value, and authenticity
Checkpoint 8.1 Heighten salience of goals and objectives
Checkpoint 8.2 Vary demands and resources to optimize challenge
Checkpoint 9.1 Promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation
Checkpoint 9.3 Develop self-assessment and reflection