MA.8.DP.1.1

Given a set of real-world bivariate numerical data, construct a scatter plot or a line graph as appropriate for the context.

Examples

Example: Jaylyn is collecting data about the relationship between grades in English and grades in mathematics. He represents the data using a scatter plot because he is interested if there is an association between the two variables without thinking of either one as an independent or dependent variable.

Example: Samantha is collecting data on her weekly quiz grade in her social studies class. She represents the data using a line graph with time as the independent variable.

Clarifications

Clarification 1: Instruction includes recognizing similarities and differences between scatter plots and line graphs, and on determining which is more appropriate as a representation of the data based on the context.

Clarification 2: Sets of data are limited to 20 points.

General Information
Subject Area: Mathematics (B.E.S.T.)
Grade: 8
Strand: Data Analysis and Probability
Date Adopted or Revised: 08/20
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
1205050: M/J Accelerated Mathematics Grade 7 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2020, 2020 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
1205070: M/J Grade 8 Pre-Algebra (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
1204000: M/J Foundational Skills in Mathematics 6-8 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7812030: Access M/J Grade 8 Pre-Algebra (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2019, 2019 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
MA.8.DP.1.AP.1: Graph bivariate data using a scatter plot.

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Formative Assessments

Aquarium Visitors:

Students are given a set of data and are asked to choose the scale for the axes, graph the data, and explain why they chose the scales they used.

Type: Formative Assessment

Time to Get to School:

Students are asked to describe potentially important variables that can be used in a model to predict the amount of time required to get to school.

Type: Formative Assessment

Rain Damage Model:

Students are asked to describe potentially important variables that can be used in a model to predict the amount of damage caused by a thunderstorm.

Type: Formative Assessment

Bungee Cord Data:

Students are asked to construct a scatterplot corresponding to a given set of data.

Type: Formative Assessment

Lesson Plans

Star Scatter Plots:

In this lesson, students plot temperature and luminosity data from a provided star table to create a scatter plot. They will analyze the data to sequence the colors of stars from hottest to coolest and to describe the relationship between temperature and luminosity. This lesson does not address differentiation between absolute and apparent magnitude.

Type: Lesson Plan

Scatter plots, spaghetti, and predicting the future:

Students will construct a scatter plot from given data. They will identify the correlation, sketch an approximate line of fit, and determine an equation for the line of fit. They will explain the meaning of the slope and y-intercept in the context of the data and use the line of fit to interpolate and extrapolate values.

Type: Lesson Plan

Original Student Tutorial

Scatterplots Part 1: Graphing:

Learn how to graph bivariate data in a scatterplot in this interactive tutorial.

This is part 1 in 6-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in the series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Perspectives Video: Experts

Birdsong Series: Statistical Analysis of Birdsong:

Wei Wu discusses his statistical contributions to the Birdsong project which help to quantify the differences in the changes of the zebra finch's song.

Type: Perspectives Video: Expert

Birdsong Series: STEM Team Collaboration :

Researchers Frank Johnson, Richard Bertram, Wei Wu, and Rick Hyson explore the necessity of scientific and mathematical collaboration in modern neuroscience, as it relates to their NSF research on birdsong.

Type: Perspectives Video: Expert

Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

Slope and Deep Sea Sharks:

Shark researcher, Chip Cotton, discusses the use of regression lines, slope, and determining the strength of the models he uses in his research.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Type: Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

Teaching Idea

Now That is a Dense Graph:

In this activity, the density of ethanol is found by graphical means. In the second part, the density of sodium thiosulfate is found, also by graphical means. The values found are then analyzed statistically.

Type: Teaching Idea

Virtual Manipulative

KidsZone: Create a Graph:

Create bar, line, pie, area, and xy graphs.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

MFAS Formative Assessments

Aquarium Visitors:

Students are given a set of data and are asked to choose the scale for the axes, graph the data, and explain why they chose the scales they used.

Bungee Cord Data:

Students are asked to construct a scatterplot corresponding to a given set of data.

Rain Damage Model:

Students are asked to describe potentially important variables that can be used in a model to predict the amount of damage caused by a thunderstorm.

Time to Get to School:

Students are asked to describe potentially important variables that can be used in a model to predict the amount of time required to get to school.

Original Student Tutorials Mathematics - Grades 6-8

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Original Student Tutorial

Scatterplots Part 1: Graphing:

Learn how to graph bivariate data in a scatterplot in this interactive tutorial.

This is part 1 in 6-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in the series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Parent Resources

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